The running back told The San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday that he thought his time was over in Sunny San Diego and he has accepted the fact that his reign has come to an end.
His comments come after more than a month of speculation saying he did not know what would happen.
The NFL’s most valuable player in 2006 has two years remaining on his contract. He is due a $2 million roster bonus March 5 and would be paid $5 million in total salary in 2010.
Tomlinson tells the newspaper he doesn’t know when the Chargers will release him and that his agent, Tom Condon, might call the club to expedite the process.
Tomlinson has become one of the most beloved athletes in San Diego history during a nine-year career but his production and speed have been decreasing.
Tomlinson had 730 yards on 223 carries for an average of 3.3 yards per carry this past season, all career lows. The lower numbers were due in part to the Chargers relying more on their high-octane passing game and the emergence of Darren Sproles.
LT still had 12 rushing touchdowns this season, a productive season for a player that has “lost his speed and ability.”
In 2006 LT set numerous NFL records: The most points in a single season (186), the NFL’s MVP award and a single season record 31 TD’s and 28 of those td’s came via rushing the football which is also a single season record for rushing TD’s in the NFL.
LT also owns the NFL record for most consecutive games with a rushing TD at 18 breaking former Redskins great John Riggins record at 13 set in 1983.