Should Chargers have traded Tomlinson?

It’s hard to question any moves the Chargers they make; they have some of the best personnel in the league.

But there was one move, one blockbuster move, the team could have made last off-season that might have left San Diego in a better position than it is in today.

And it’s a controversial doozy.

But last off-season, before free agency began, the Chargers should have considered trading running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Not only should they have considered it, they should have entertained offers.

Think about how much further along the franchise would be for this season and future ones.

Had San Diego traded Tomlinson, it could have gotten back multiple draft picks. And had Tomlinson been traded, then San Diego could have used the money it pays him to re-sign free-agent running back Michael Turner.

So instead of an aging Tomlinson, who turns 30 this June, the Chargers would have had multiple picks to go along with Turner, who turns 27 in February and has far fewer NFL carries than his former teammate. Which is better for the team?

Just take a look at how Tomlinson and Turner compare this season before the two square off in Sunday’s clash.

Turner vs. Tomlinson
This Season

Turner Tomlinson
251 Rushes 203
1,088 Rush Yds 770
4.9 Rush Avg 3.8
13 Rush TD 5
56 Rush 1st Downs 35

254 Touches 242
1,099 Scrim. Yds 1,099
13 Total TD 6

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