Chargers, LaDainian Tomlinson Part Ways

The San Diego Chargers have opted to release running back LaDainian Tomlinson rather than cough up $ 2 million for the superstar’s bonus next season. The decision makes Tomlison, a one-time NFL Most Valuable Player, a free agent. Chargers president Dean Spanos said the decision was hard since he considers L.T., as Tomlinson is known, a friend.

Tomlinson has spent his first nine seasons in the NFL with the Chargers. San Diego picked him 5th overall in the 2001 draft. He set a league record with 31 touchdowns in 2006, the same year he won MVP honors. The 30-year-old also holds the record for the most points in a season—186 in 2006. However, despite his numerous individual records and awards, the Texas Christian University star failed to bring a Super Bowl title to San Diego.

Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said Tomlinson’s place in the Hall of Fame is already secured, but he expressed regret that the L.T.-era in San Diego would end without a Super Bowl trophy.