Dear LaDainian Tomlinson, thank you for nine great years in San Diego. Good luck in your future endeavors.
Just do not sign with the Oakland Raiders.
Great running backs finishing their careers in other stops is not just uncommon, it is almost a certainty. Of the NFL’s top 20 running backs of all time, only three have finished their career with the team they started with – Jim Brown, Walter Payton, and Barry Sanders.
So Tomlinson’s departure from San Diego was not so much an uncertainty as it was merely a formality. A rite of passage for being one of the top running backs in the generation.
That being said, please do not go to the Raiders.
Not that there is a fear that LT would regain his 2005 form. Running backs just do not bounce back in their 10th year. But LT going to the Raiders would be a disaster. A train wreck of epic proportions.
But if LT sneaks away to Philadelphia, for instance, then the whole thing will be forgotten like Tony Dorsett playing with the Broncos. Emmitt Smith playing with the Cardinals. Or Ki-Jana Carter with the Saints.
So Tomlinson should avoid make a spectacle of himself, and avoid going to Oakland.
Of course, Tomlinson said that he only wants to play for a team that has a chance to win the Super Bowl and has a solid quarterback.
So we don’t have to worry about him going to the Raiders at all.