Tom Telesco Asked Ladainian Tomlinson To Play For Chargers This Season

June 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers former running back LaDainian Tomlinson smiles during his retirement press conference at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

If you ever wondered if Tom Telesco is afraid to make a splash, then wonder no more. First, he makes the move of trading up to draft Manti Te’o and now word comes out that he was trying to convince Ladainian Tomlinson to play this season:

“I met [new general manager] Tom Telesco and [rookie head coach] Mike McCoy at the [NFL scouting] combine, and they asked me to come back and play,” Tomlinson said. “I saw [executive vice president] John Spanos at a restaurant in Indy, and he introduced me to them, and they brought it up. At first I thought they weren’t really serious, but they kept talking about it, and I realized it was real. They said, ‘You can come back and carry it 10 or 12 times a game. We’d like to have you here.’ ” Though flattered, Tomlinson said he didn’t seriously consider the offer: “No, because when I made the decision to walk away, I wrestled with it long and hard, and I knew it was final. Once I retired, that was it. My mind is in a different place. Mentally, going back would have been too hard.” – yahoo

WOW! Now that would have been something!

Instead of having Danny Woodhead, we could have had the legend taking the third down snaps! We could have had the legend back in town taking the rock!

That would have been some kind of awesome. Are you sure you don’t want to come back LT? We just drafted a mountain of a man to clear some room for you!

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  • SDteacher2

    That would be awesome!! Great mentor for the rest and he DESERVES to end his career as a Charger!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      I so agree. We would have an opportunity to set it right with LT as AJ and Norv (more AJ) treated him like crap. I will never forget how he cried when they released him. I mean he sobbed. It was awful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    You are on it, Ernie! I about died when I read it.

  • Guest

    Would have been the ultimate 3rd finger to AJ.

  • joerockt

    That’s some crazy shit right there. Might have been an easier decision last year had we got rid of those two doofuses.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Man I just read this, would be cool for this year. Michael Hill is the real deal man he could be our guy in 2014

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    So awesome! Oh by the way…. Cue the people who will probably get all serious right now, and rant about what an awful idea that would have been… they live for this kind of thing… Lol.

    • JoseSD

      Would be cool to see him run again, maybe dive over the o line at the goal line or throw another TD pass to Gates but he wasn’t productive in new York in 2011 it would just be a PR move and take up a roster spot

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    If this is true, I agree with Kevin Acee. Kudos to the new guys TT and McCoy. It’s apparent they will consider and/or do just about anything to make the team better. This is a good thing.

  • 619chargers4life

    clear example of the new crew trying to clean up AJ’s mess and undue the damage AJ did. LT for another year would have been awesome.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Yes. It would have been awesome.

  • Cgoodness13

    Maybe hire him as a assistant running back coach?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    Chargers aren’t the only team that was guilty of this,,,but this brings up an observation… Look at the Packers. Woodson and Jennings.–basically Packers threw them out like so much used rubbish. It’s wrong. Then contrast it on how the teams treat their new draft selections.. As if they were royalty. Little do the rookies know how it goes when the management decides that the party is over.

    LT saw it. One thing I hope for the Chargers…it’s image. Treat your players well..let them retire here. This should be more of a family feel to it. Don’t just throw them out like they don’t matter. They do matter. Many of these guys have become important contributors to their communities.

    Do it right.. and get rid of “It’s business and we have to treat them like crap” attitude. Rodney Harrison talked about it also. I hope TT and McCoy and the
    Spanos family change this.

    • JoseSD

      Are you kidding me? I agree it’s wrong the way they treated Tomlinson but come on, he couldn’t even break 700 yards as the main ball carrier and in new York he rushed for less than that. should we have kept him just because he was LT, the best running back to ever play for the Chargers. That would have been even worse watching him deteriorate and become a shell of his former self, realize he doesn’t have what it takes and decide to retire. Sure it was terrible him sobbing when he was released but remember when he signed his one day contract and had his retirement press conference here he was all smiles cause he knew he was doing what was best for him. Letting them retire here because what they do for the.communities? All anyone cares is what they do on the field. Brees still has his golf tournament here even though he left 7 years ago. And with the packers Woodson was released cause he was really old and making a ton of money and Jennings was a free agent he’s 31 has had 2 injury filled and unproductive seasons in a row but wanted to be paid $15 mil a year. That’s smart businesses cause the Packers just extended their two star players Rodgers and Matthews and they wouldn’t have the money with the other two making a combined $20 mil a year. Use Farve like an example about not “let your players retire with you” Favre couldn’t let go he was holding them back from they’re future greatness with Aaron Rodgers so they had to trade him

      • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

        Guess you are one of the people that don’t think TT and McCoy should be asking LT to come back and play for the Chargers then?

        • JoseSD

          Would be cool to see him suit up again but I don’t think he would be able to play anymore

      • DougM

        Agree 100%. You can’t always be the nice guy. It is far better to let a player go one year early than one year late. If you always keep your guys, then you have an old grandpa team.

        I have no idea why TT would ask LT to come back, except for the show it would create. The fans would get fired up, but LT’s productive days are long gone.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

          Yes. You are so right. Tell that to the Broncos with their big contract Grandpa Peyton Manning and the Patriots with their newly extended contract for that old guy Tom Brady. There are tons of others.

          Grandpa Drew Brees, 34 years old can’t play but got a huge contract extension. Man, those Saints are stupid.

          • JoseSD

            Those are Quarterbacks who take the least amount of hits besides Kickers and Punters

          • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

            Tony Gonzalez

          • JoseSD

            You found 1 non qb out of the 1600+ players in the league. There’s lots of players that are old timers and still are one of the best like London Fletcher or Ronde Barber. Gonzalez has a strict diet and workout regiment that allows him to be among the top 5 tight ends for so long and it helpshim that he’s the 3rd biggest receiving threat on his own team with the defense focusing more on Julio Jones and Roddy White. He was going to retire this year too but he decided to come back for one last year to chase that ring since the Falcons made the NFC championship game

      • arnie

        To be clear, to both of you. LT was in New York, because he didn’t want to take a pay cut. Again. See he new he was nearing the twilight of his career, so he was excited to see the team shift to a passing offense. He was looking to be more involved in the passing game, be a third down back and let the young guys carry the load. Which is why he restructured his contract.
        See this is how aj deals with veteran players. He knew LT would not take another restructuring. Between norvs flawed running game, an Lo’Neal’s release, gave aj all the justification he needed. This put aj in the position of not looking like the bad guy, when they released him. It was “Just Business”.

        • JoseSD

          Still wouldn’t want them signing him this year maybe after he left the Jets but signing a 32-33 year old running back who has been out of the game for a year is not a good idea

          • arnie

            i agree. just consider this. LT is’t just any RB. In his current condition, he’s still an upgrade over Ronnie Brown (32)

        • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

          He was not a nice person. Sorry. And yes, there is room to be nice in business. Many examples are out there. Same darn thing he did to Brees, after Brees signed that franchise tag and got hurt. Left him hang there–by releasing him with nada.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483490315 Daniel Smith

            I agree there is room to be nice in this business, but I think you need to check your facts regarding Drew Brees’ situation. The Chargers didn’t “release him with nada.” Brees was a UFA, free to sign with any team HE WANTED. The Chargers offered him the exact same thing that Miami offered him. They offered him a $2 million, one year, incentive laden contract with the opportunity to compete for (retain with the Chargers) the starting position. Brees turned them both down. New Orleans offered him considerably more money and named him the starter on day one. Say what you will about what the Chargers should and should not have done, but New Orleans took a HUGE gamble (yes, I know it paid off) on a QB that was recovering from an injury that most medical professionals agreed should have ended his career.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

            I am only recounting what Brees has stated. I love it when you guys say “check your facts”, as if you were members of the Truth Squad. Brees has stated this on numerous times as the reason he does not want to be franchise tag. He speicifcally says it was because of how he was treated by the Chargers after he got injured. He had no guaranteed money after the one year tag and he was laid up on his couch, He has talked about it. Now, I suggest you go check yours.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483490315 Daniel Smith

            Not sure how anything you just stated shows how my statements are incorrect. You said that the Chargers ” Left him hang there–by releasing him with nada.” I say that is nonsense. The Chargers offered him something. It just wasn’t as much as Brees thought he was worth at the time. The Chargers DID NOT tag Drew Brees. They offered him a one year contract. There is a HUGE difference between the two. A player has only two options with the tag. He can sign it and play for the team that tagged him, or he can refuse to sign it and sit out until the team releases or trades him. With a one year contract, if the player refuses, which Brees did, he can go to any other team offering him a contract, which he also did. The Chargers DID NOT place the franchise tag on Drew Bree after his injury(fact checked) http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2334609. What else you got?

          • Guest

            Not NEVER, but for the season in question…

          • arnie

            Yeah we’ll I’m aware of the facts as well, and you are correct. Now the rest of the facts. Drew wanted a “long term deal”, the first time, saw he was not going to get it, took the offer, played and got hurt. But we know this.
            Aj smith was on the hook for 6 year $46 mil contract to Rivers, that had been sitting on the bench for 2 seasons. Classic aj offers Drew a deal he didn’t want. Never mind the doctors cleared him, an said Drews shoulder was fine. Aj plowed ahead, to make sure to offer the deal anyway, so the the “facts” could always reflect aj did not let Drew walk.
            The truth is, the Chargers could have offered the same incentive laden deal as the Saints. aj was motivated to see Drew leave.

          • boltingindiego

            it was a 5 year 50 mil contract but was based on performance incentives and thier was no guarantee he would be the starting qb. So the saints had more guaranteed money plus they said if he was healthy by camp he would be their starting qb. he was tagged the season when he got hurt.

          • boltingindiego

            well we had rivers who was healthy and 4th pick in the draft. Brees coming off from major shoulder surgery no one who how he would play after that.

          • nativesandiegan

            Marty wanted to keep them both and then see how Brees rehab went. Would have been a great situation. Brees loved it here and wanted to stay here & win a championship. We could have always let him go later if he never recovered from the injury. If he did recover, we could have traded Philip for at least a 1 and a 2. As Lo’Neal stated, Drew would win a Super Bowl down the road. So far that prediction has held true, and we still sit here on the outside looking in. Now we are finally being humble enough to admit a huge mistake (in AJ) and give 2 very intelligent, young and hungry men with the energy to take on the monumental task of digging us out of the huge hole we were left in by AJ. No cap space, no depth, etc, As I’ve said before, it’s like a breath of fresh air. Enough said. I just got up & need to catch up to you in my reading.

          • boltingindiego

            if their was some 1 to blame it was marty for starting brees in the game against denver which could have ended his career. well aj did offer breees a 5 year 50 mil contract but he rejected it since it was based on performance pay and it was no guarantee that he would start. but sean payton said if he was healthy by camp he was guaranteed the starting qb of the team and they offered him 6 yr 60 mil contract.

          • arnie

            Who aj or LT?

  • jamfed

    I’m not sure I believe this LT story. Why would LaDainian say that?
    Seems like a publicity stunt (PR spin)

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Because it made him feel good and it was true? He’s not going to lie about it because TT and McCoy would nail him quick. Something was said. He would get busted for a baloney story too quickly.

      Plus Acee would be on it–saying it was BS real quickly. Even Acee is applauding the idea of it. Speaks to what TT and McCoy are willing to consider doing to make the team better. Win – Win for TT, McCoy and LT and LT fans. Makes everyone feel good. Nothing wrong with that.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Well… LT said it… The publicity stunt would be on him and not the team. Maybe he wanted the attention. LT is on TV enough to deny it if he wants, but doubt he does that

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      And what’s wrong with some good Charger PR for a change? Personally, I got tired of the negative image of the Chargers that AJ Smith allowed to fester.

  • RussinSactown

    I applaud TT for making the gesture and LT for knowing when his time to walk away arrived. As much as I’d love to see LT come back, an athlete knows when his career is done. Now if they could get him as a running back coach, that would be all sorts of awesome!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Exactly, Russell. Also Coach McCoy was in on this also, not just TT. Personally, I am starting to believe a lot of this is McCoy. He just gave an interview yesterday with NFL Network and when asked if Rivers gets one year to turn it around, he said no. and that Rivers will be here for a long time and is the franchise QB for SD. I think McCoy is pushing a lot for the players. Telesco is in the camera a lot more and talking to the media which is why we tend to give him all the credit.

      • boltingindiego

        well denver did want LT last year so i can see this as happening.

  • nativesandiegan

    WOW!!!!! That speaks wonders about our new GM, Coach, & even Spanos. Spanos admitting he made a big mistake a few years ago just by sitting at the same table while the offer to LT happened. I already had great respect for Tom and Mike (I did use “TT” to abbreviate Tom Telesco but in Tagalog “Filipino” it’s not really a nice thing to use as a nickname), but always wondered about Spanos.

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