News: LaDainian Tomlinson Released by San Diego Chargers

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IFebruary 22, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers sits on the bench in the final moments of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New York Jets at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Jets defeated the Chargers 17-14.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN's John Clayton, the San Diego Chargers have released arguably the best offensive player in their franchise's history, LaDainian Tomlinson.

After nine seasons, 12,490 rushing yards, and 153 total touchdowns, Tomlinson will not test free agency for the first time.

Tomlinson's numbers have fallen off in the last two seasons, though, as the future Hall of Famer has dealt with a number of injuries. In 2009, Tomlinson managed only 730 rushing yards in 14 games, by far the lowest total of his career.

The Chargers, who let Michael Turner go a couple years ago, will now look to either free agency or the draft to rebuild their backfield around quarterback Philip Rivers. Darren Sproles is still under contract.