March 5, 2009

Report: Tomlinson hopes to stay in S.D.

Chargers running back Ladanian Tomlinson hopes to work out restructured contract with the NFL team, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Before this week's free agent signing period, outspoken San Diego general manager A.J. Smith had claimed that the Chargers were working a plan to retain Tomlinson for the 2009 season at a lower salary than the $6.725 million the former TCU star is due.

I am optimistic (a restructure) will happen, Tomlinson said. But again, I'm realistic about certain things, and I understand, it is a business. Sometimes business decisions are made that are out of our control. But my heart wants to stay in San Diego.

In eight NFL seasons, Tomlinson has scored 126 touchdowns on 2,657 carries for 11,760 yards, and established a single-season NFL record in 2006 by scoring 28 rushing touchdowns.

Thursday, he was inducted in to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Bryan.

Last season, he scored 11 times after 292 carries for 1,110 yards.