LaDainian Tomlinson says he believes he has played his last game as a San Diego Charger.
The running back told The San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday that he has thought for a while he would be let go by the Chargers. His comments come after more than a month of saying he did not know what would happen.
The NFL’s most valuable player in 2006 has two years remaining on his contract. He is due a $2 million roster bonus March 5 and would be paid $5 million in total salary in 2010.
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Tomlinson tells the newspaper he doesn’t know when the Chargers will release him and that his agent, Tom Condon, might call the club to expedite the process.
Condon didn’t immediately respond to a phone message from the AP.
A team spokesman, Scott Yoffe, declined to comment.
Tomlinson has become one of the most beloved athletes in San Diego history during a nine-year career but his production and speed have been decreasing.
Tomlinson had 730 yards on 223 carries for an average of 3.3 yards per carry this past season, all career lows. The lower numbers were due in part to the Chargers relying more on their high-octane passing game, as well as L.T. missing the second and third games with a sprained ankle.