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Chargers part ways with LT.

Where will he end up?

The Chargers released Ladainian Tomlinson today after 9 illustrious seasons during which he has become known as on of the NFL’s greatest running backs. He leaves San Diego as the teams leading rusher and scorer. He has a career total of 12,490 rushing yards which ranks 8th on the all time rushing list, just 5,865 yards behind Emmitt Smith. Tomlinson is only 3 seasons removed from posting 28 rushing touchdowns and winning the league MVP.

“It was a longtime coming, but I knew it was coming,” Tomlinson said in a telephone interview with SI.com. “Now that it’s official, I can kind of look to the next step in my career and playing football for someone else.”

LT will undoubtedly land a job somewhere this offseason. Predicting where that will be and whether or not it will be a starting position is the hard part. He’s certainly worthy of a roster spot and I see him contributing in a Ricky Williams like role. That’s not to say I don’t feel like he can’t be successful somewhere else as a starter because I do. I just think that with some of the offensive schemes in play today he could be a real weapon if partnered with another talented back in a not so pass happy offense like the Chargers.

Tomlinson did say during an interview with SI.com today that his one requirement for joining a new team is a proven quarterback capable of winning a championship.

“That’s my No. 1 goal,” Tomlinson said. “That’s why I still work hard and train like I do, because I still believe there’s a chance of winning that championship. So the next team I go to has to have a chance of winning a title. I can think of a few teams off the top of my head, but that’s what my agent is for. I’m sure he’s going to do some research, talk to some teams and present some options to me.”

There are a few teams off the top of my head that I feel could be a good fit for LT. Here they are and why;

  1. Houston Texans: They have the making of a championship team. Good (close to great) QB in Matt Schaub. A solid complimentary back in Steve Slaton. Great receiving corps including Andre Johnson and most importantly a good young defense.
  2. Washington Redskins: If it weren’t for all the times Jason Campbell has had to learn a new offensive system the Redskins might be farther along then they are. The fact is Clinton Portis isn’t what he used to be and Dan Snyder isn’t afraid to spend money. So seeing LT in the same backfield as Portis is a reality and would certainly help what has been an anemic offense as of late.
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers: Willie Parker has lost a step and while Rashard Mendenhall has shown flashes I don’t think he’s done enough to prove that he can carry the ball 300+ times a year. The Steelers are a good organization who want to get back to AFC North supremacy. LT could help Roethlisburger and the Steelers do that.
  4. New England Patriots: Let’s face it, the Patriots LOVE running backs. I don’t think it’s all that likely they’d actually sign LT but if they did, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

Have any suggestions? Feel free to share your thoughts.

-KB

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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