The San Diego Chargers have done the inevitable: they released LaDainian Tomlinson. The Chargers are now off the hook for his $2 million bonus and $3 million salary and will look to completely revamp the backfield this year.
They also have Darren Sproles, who is a restricted free agent and will cost $7 million to retain. And they have 32-year old Michael Bennett, who can’t play anymore and will cost $1.25 million. Bennett isn’t a concern, but finding out what to do with Sproles is something else. Sproles is a little keg of dynamite, but not big enough to carry a full load.
The release of Tomlinson isn’t a shock to anyone. He’s been saying for quite a while now that he’s probably done in San Diego and ripping the franchise probably didn’t help.
LaDainian is only 31-years old but has a lot of mileage on him. His knees are getting sore and he’s a shell of the stud that he used to be. We can’t see anyone signing him to be anything more than a backup at this point.