Chargers asked LaDainian Tomlinson to make NFL comeback

Kent Horner

The Chargers wanted LaDainian Tomlinson to make an NFL comeback this season. The future Hall of Fame running back respectfully declined.

The San Diego Chargers wanted LaDainian Tomlinson to come out of retirement and play next season, according to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports. Normally, career comeback attempts are initiated by players who, after a few bored months, get the itch to don their pads again. Tomlinson, 34, says that the Chargers offered him a chance to carry the ball 10-12 times a game, however.

"I met [new general manager] Tom Telesco and [rookie head coach] Mike McCoy at the [NFL scouting] combine, and they asked me to come back and play," Tomlinson said. "I saw [executive vice president] John Spanos at a restaurant in Indy, and he introduced me to them, and they brought it up. At first I thought they weren't really serious, but they kept talking about it, and I realized it was real."

The Chargers' running game was anemic last season, as Ryan Mathews struggled with multiple injuries behind a porous offensive line. The Chargers could use some more depth, with Danny Woodhead being more of a third-down back and Ronnie Brown proving ineffective as a free agent signing last season.

Tomlinson could have been of some real help in San Diego next season. The future Hall of Fame running back said he didn't give the offer any serious consideration, however.

"No, because when I made the decision to walk away, I wrestled with it long and hard, and I knew it was final," Tomlinson said. "Once I retired, that was it. My mind is in a different place. Mentally, going back would have been too hard."

More from SB Nation:

NFL draft grades: Who are the winners and losers?

Jaguars draft Denard Robinson -- as a running back

Matt Barkley, Michael Vick will compete for job in Philly

Undrafted free agent tracker

Complete Day 3 picks and analysis

2013 NFL draft results: Every pick from every round

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.