Chargers GM Smith responds to Tomlinson

Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson said on his personal Web site yesterday that he wants to remain in San Diego. (And who can blame him? As Peyton Manning says in that commercial, the weather there is sweet.)

    “I have been getting a lot of messages on my site regarding me leaving San Diego. 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 (sic) 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.”

Chargers general manager A.J. Smith told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he shared Tomlinson’s sentiments on San Diego, but ultimately, he has to do what is best for the team. Nobody will be calling Smith sentimental.

    “My first reaction was we both have similar feelings,” Smith said. “I have no intentions of leaving San Diego. San Diego is where my GM career started and where I’d like it to end. I also have nothing but love and the utmost respect for this team, the players and the Spanos family. I have absolutely no control over how long I will be with the Chargers.
    “As for now, I am the Chargers’ GM, and I have major decisions to ponder for the organization now and in the future. My recommendation to Dean Spanos will be what’s in the best interest of the team — both short and long term. That’s my job. That’s what Dean hired me to do.”
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