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LaDainian Tomlinson released by San Diego Chargers

February 22, 2010 |  1:35 pm

Tomlinson The San Diego Chargers released running back LaDainian Tomlinson on Monday, bringing his nine-year career with the team to an end.

The salary cap move had been anticipated because Tomlinson was owed a $2-million bonus next month.

Tomlinson rushed for 730 yards and averaged 3.3 yards per carry last season, both lows for his career. He has rushed for 12,490 career yards and has set or tied 28 team records with the Chargers. In addition, he set an NFL record for most touchdowns in a season with 31 in 2006.

“It has been a privilege to work with him and witness his entire career. I’m proud of him and grateful to him for the way he has carried himself both on and off the field," Chargers President Dean Spanos said in a statement. “No matter where he chooses to continue his career, in my mind LT will always be a San Diego Charger. His legacy as one of the greatest running backs the game has ever seen will be as a Charger.”

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Photo: LaDainian Tomlinson. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times