By now I'm sure y'all are tried of hearing about this non-issue; Over-blown and perpetuated by the media, the idea that Ladainian Tomlinson would not be a San Diego Charger in 2009 is downright ridiculous if you ask me. Anyone who has followed this team, it's ownership, and it's management, knows that Ladainian Tomlinson is the heart and soul of the Chargers. His impact, both on and off the field, is immeasurable. LT is one of those unique players who is the legitimate face of a franchise and one of the most marketable and recognizable players in the NFL.
In addition to guys like myself, hall of fame safeties with ties to San Diego also are sticking up for Tomlinson. We've heard from John Lynch, calling the thought of LT in another uniform "premature and foolish" and now we are also hearing Rodney Harrison throw his two cents into the ring. Harrison, a former teammate of Tomlinson but interestingly also a current opponent of his as well, had this to say about #21:
The kid can still play...he can still play! When you’re 20 years old and you miss a few games, they give you an excuse. They give you a pass: “oh he’s young, he just got hurt.” As soon as you turn 30 all of the sudden you “lose a step” and they say you can’t play anymore. I’ve played against Ladainian; the guy has tremendous speed, he has great power, he has great vision, and it would be a huge mistake for the San Diego Chargers to let this future Hall Of Famer go. [Not to be overlooked] is the impact he has on the locker room, as well as in the community. LT is one of my favorite guys, but I’ll tell you this LT: Beware, because if they did it to me and I played nine years there, and they did it to Junior Seau, they’ll do it to you.
Keep LT in San Diego and you’ll be happy. He’s directly responsible for filling that stadium. Let me tell you, I wouldn’t even be paying attention to San Diego if LT wasn’t playing.
You have to think that should the San Diego Chargers decided to release Tomlinson, the New England Patriots would be picking up the phone in a heartbeat. With only a championship ring missing from LT's trophy case, it would have to be hard for him to pass up the opportunity to play for a contender like the Patriots, especially considering the ex-Chargers currently on that team.
For those who think LT should be released or traded, has your opinion changed over the last couple of weeks? Or are you still of the position that Tomlinson is hurting the team and not helping it? And for those who support LT, do you think he has a future in San Diego or are you worried that we're approaching a boiling point between the Tomlinson's camp and the Chargers front office?