With Ladainain Tomlinson coming back for at least one more year, the San Diego Chargers have ensured that they'll not only have the face of the the franchise back in the fold, but also an elite running back who still has a lot left in the tank.
The Chargers and LaDainian Tomlinson announced his restructured contract, and it was as if there was never any doubt in anyone's mind: LT will remain a Charger, and all seems right in the world once again for Bolts fans.
That all sounds good- I mean, I was at the front of the "Keep LT" bandwagon. But funny, this isn't exactly what I expected. Under the terms of the new deal, LT's contract remains basically unchanged for the 2009 season, aside from some new bonus money that will lower his cap-number. That's alright for the face of the franchise, but surprising for a 30-year old RB who ended the last two seasons with injuries.
If the Chargers are happy with it, who am I to complain? All I know is that I expected a slightly deeper salary cut and a more performance-based contract. And with the potential savings, I was expecting to see some money thrown at a free-agent safety or D-lineman.
Just call me an arm-chair GM.
Again, given the alternatives, keeping LT was the right move. That's not blind optimism or fan loyalty, that's a fact- there wasn't a better RB to replace him with unless you burn a high draft-pick on one. With the holes we have to fill, you have to admit that keeping LT seems like a pretty good option.
The fan in me is pretty happy. LT belongs in the blue-and-gold, and if the Chargers can get their act together and win a championship, LT deserves to be a part of it. Just get him some blocking and look out!
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