If LaDainian Tomlinson has any say in the matter, he’s staying with the Chargers.
Amid published reports last week that the Chargers were weighing their options on Tomlinson’s future with the team — which include options from keeping him at his current salary level to attempting to renegotiate his contract, trading him or releasing him — the five-time Pro Bowler responded Wednesday with a message on his personal Web site.
“I have been getting a lot of messages on my site regarding me leaving San Diego,” Tomlinson wrote. “I feel that I need to make it very clear that I have NO intentions of leaving San Diego. San Diego is where my career started and where I’d like it to end. I have nothing but love and the upmost respect for this team, the players, and the Spanos Family. Me being traded is completely out of my hands. I have ABSOLUTELY no control in that decision making. All I can do is wait and see how it all plays out. As for now, I am a Charger and will be until I am told otherwise …”
The speculation surrounding Tomlinson led Chargers club president Dean Spanos to call the star running back on Thursday to discuss the reports.
Tomlinson, 29, battled toe, knee and groin injuries during the course of last season that produced career-low numbers — 292 attempts and 1,110 rushing yards — but still managed to play in all 16 games and scored 12 total touchdowns. He has three years remaining on an eight-year contract he signed in 2004 that made him the highest-paid running back in NFL history.