Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson spent much of the 2013 NFL Draft as an analyst for the NFL Network, but perhaps lost in the shuffle was this nugget from Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports: the Chargers apparently offered Tomlinson a chance to return to the team this year.
Silver says he spent some time with Tomlinson on Saturday, and the future Hall of Famer said that he met with general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy at the Scouting Combine in February and that they asked him to come back and play.
"They said, 'You can come back and carry it ten or 12 times a game. We'd like to have you here,'" Tomlinson said. It's a very interesting situation, but Tomlinson, who retired in June of last year after signing a ceremonial one-day contract with the Chargers, said that he was sticking to his decision and will stay retired.
It makes sense that he'd want to stay retired. At one time, he was the best running back in the NFL by a wide margin, but started to decline in 2009. In 2010, he joined the New York Jets, and actually played well, gaining 914 yards on 219 carries, good for a per-carry average of 4.2 yards.
But in 2011 he sharply declined, with just 280 yards in 14 games, with a per-carry average of 3.7 yards. A player who once earned over 1,800 yards and set a record with 28 touchdowns, Tomlinson didn't take the decision to retire lightly.
Still, it's interesting to see that the Chargers wanted him back. Sure, this draft class is relatively weak at the running back position, but there are still guys available in free agency who would presumably be a better option than Tomlinson, such as Ahmad Bradshaw.