Harrison has thoughts about Tomlinson situation


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Rodney Harrison understands what Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson is going through. He has been there.

Harrison spent nine seasons with the Chargers before he was released. Not that it didn’t work out for Harrison, who went on to win two Super Bowls as a strong safety for the Patriots. But now Tomlinson is going through a similar battle.

Tomlinson said he wanted to end his career in San Diego. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith responded the next day in an unflattering tone.

Harrison, who’s on the NFL Network set this week, was asked about the Tomlinson situation after the Total Access production meeting.

“It’s very disappointing, and it’s very disheartening for me to see LaDainian even have to go through questions about if he’s going to be a Charger,” Harrison said. “I think the organization should have come out and addressed the issue. If there are any rumors coming around, it’s up to your head coach, it’s up to your general manager, vice president and owner to address the issue.

“LaDainian is obviously a Hall of Famer. Why should he have to question if he’s going to be on the team or not? Or if he’s going to be traded? Do you honestly think you are going to be a better team without LaDainian Tomlinson? It’s just crazy to even think. It’s disappointing.”

But is it surprising?

“No. I’m the same guy that was cut after being there for nine years,” Harrison said. “I’m the same guy that saw Junior Seau get cut. I’m the same guy seeing LaDainian Tomlinson go through the same thing. So does it surprise me? No. Am I disappointed? Very, because he shouldn’t have to go through it.”

But a lot of guys change teams at the end of their careers. Is this an issue with the Chargers, or is it just the business of the league?

“Individuals from organizations make decisions,” Harrison said. “Everything starts from the top and trickles down to the locker room — owner, general manager, head coach set the standard. If I was the owner of the team, I would come out and say if I had to settle an issue like that, I would say LaDainian Tomlinson is going nowhere. I am the owner of this team, and he’s going nowhere. It’s as simple as that. How hard is that?”

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