Today’s San Diego Union-Tribune reports that talks are still going on between the Chargers and running back LaDanian Tomlinson. There was talk last week that the team could have to release L.T. if he does not get his deal redone. Here is the report about the sides talking and the progress made and if a deal will or will not be reached:
As the two sides negotiate over how the future Hall of Famer could remain in San Diego, questions linger about how long it will take and under what terms LaDanian Tomlinson could stay. With the NFL scheduled to have no salary cap in 2010, a deal heavily laden with incentives seems unlikely because those incentives would count against the 2009 cap if reached.
Any restructuring – which would reduce Tomlinson’s base salary for 2009 and beyond – would likely include a new signing bonus that could be spread out over five years for the purpose of the salary cap. Tomlinson is due $6.725 million in 2009, the first of the remaining three years on the contract he signed in 2004. But ’09 also includes a $2.066 million prorated portion of his signing bonus. That amount cannot be prorated again and will count against the Chargers’ 2009 cap regardless of whether Tomlinson is a Charger or not.
In the coming week or so, Tomlinson will have to decide whether the new contract is acceptable. He and his agent could weigh the likelihood of his winning a championship with the Chargers versus doing so elsewhere and the possibility another team could pay Tomlinson more.