LaDainian Tomlinson Needs to Go Down the Mississippi

James WilliamsonSenior Writer IMarch 10, 2009

Down in New Orleans!

What a great blues song. First heard it in the sequel to the Blues Brothers called Blues Brothers 2000. Gary US Bonds even did a version of it.

One of the best songs I ever heard—and LaDainian Tomlinson needs to follow its advice.

LT needs to dump San Diego and head south to shrimp land.

LaDainian Tomlinson already has a bust ready for him in Canton, Ohio.  He just needs to retire and wait five years—but like all players, he wants to win the championship first.

The San Diego Chargers have been a great team over the last four or five years after having some struggles before 2004.

They have a great quarterback in Phillip Rivers, punishing linebackers in Shawn Merriman and Shaun Phillips, a great pair of cornerbacks in Antonio Cromartie and Quentin Jammer, and of course, LT.

However, Tomlinson was hurt last year.  And despite the fact that he is getting healthier and the fact that he still rushed over a thousand yards last season, the San Diego Chargers are considering releasing him.

They want him to take a pay cut when he really doesn't need to. He has been the symbol of the San Diego Chargers for the past seven years, and has not ever wanted to leave, even though the entire city of San Diego has not won a championship in any professional sport since the 1960s.

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Many think the city has been cursed since the Chargers traded Hall of Fame receiver Lance Alworth to the Dallas Cowboys. Alworth went on to catch a crucial touchdown in Super Bowl VI to win the game, and San Diego has struggled ever since.

LaDainian Tomlinson is just an extension of the curse. Trade away or release another Hall of Famer.

Well, guess what? I'm all for it.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has stated in interviews that he would love to have his old friend and teammate again. Brees was the Chargers' second pick in the 2001 draft after Tomlinson, and together they brought a lot of victories for San Diego fans.

Then it looked like Brees was a bust and they traded for Phillip Rivers in the 2004 draft. Brees then had the best season of his career producing a trip to the playoffs.

However, he gets injured later and Rivers takes over. Brees becomes the new guy in New Orleans.

Well LaDainian, follow him!

The New Orleans Saints have just released Deuce McAllister from the roster and they need a running game.

Last year, the Saints ranked first in passing yards per game with 311.1 and 28th with 99.6 rushing yards per game.

I'm no expert on the Saints but it is obvious they need a running game. Reggie Bush is looking like a bust. Pierre Thomas is decent, but they need a real threat—someone who you know that you have to game-plan around.

Who better to fill that void than Tomlinson? An injured LaDainian scares me more than a healthy Pierre Thomas any day of the week.

Drew Brees can have less pressure on him if they have a running back that can plunge through the holes.

Yes, Tomlinson is getting older. Yes, he is getting injured a bit, but does that mean he's not worthy of a shot? Of course not! The man has never rushed for less than 1,110 yards in a season.

It even works better for Tomlinson, because he is from Texas and New Orleans is a lot closer to home than San Diego. He and Brees have chemistry. The Saints need a running back. The offensive power alone can make up for a spotty defense. So why not?

You cannot name five quarterbacks in the NFL you'd rather have than Drew Brees, and you cannot name five running backs in the NFL you'd rather have than LaDainian Tomlinson.

Come on, LaDainian Tomlinson, take a trip with me. Down the Mississippi—down in New Orleans.

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