SAN DIEGO (AP) — LaDainian Tomlinson will retire from the NFL as a member of the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers said Sunday that Tomlinson, who was the NFL MVP in 2006 with San Diego and is the fifth-leading rusher in league history, will re-sign with the team on Monday and then announce his retirement.
Tomlinson was drafted in the first round by San Diego in 2001 and spent the first nine years of his career with the Chargers. He played the last two seasons with the Jets.
Tomlinson had said recently that he might continue his career if the right opportunity was available. Some fans hoped the Chargers would bring back Tomlinson as a third-down back, but that appeared impossible as long as general manager A.J. Smith is in control.
Tomlinson, one of the biggest stars in Chargers history, had a less-than-smooth separation with San Diego in February 2010. While his production had fallen off and injuries were mounting, he had a public tiff with Smith. The GM even mocked the star running back at one point when Tomlinson said he'd like to finish his career in San Diego.
Days after his release from the Chargers, Tomlinson held a tearful news conference at the suburban country club where he and his wife lived.
Tomlinson finishes his career with 13,684 yards and 145 touchdowns.
Tomlinson won the MVP in '06, when he set league single-season records with 31 touchdowns, including 28 rushing, and 186 points. He ran for a career-high 1,815 yards that year, giving him the first of two straight league rushing titles.
He ran for 914 yards in 2010 with the Jets, but carried only 75 times for 280 yards last season, playing mostly on passing downs.
Tomlinson spoke at the public memorial service for Junior Seau on May 11, drawing the biggest cheers of the night.
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The first staff-level meeting between the Chargers and San Diego mayor's office over the National Football League team's decade-long hunt for a new stadium is scheduled for next week.
The first staff-level meeting between the Chargers and San Diego mayor's office over the National Football League team's decade-long hunt for a new stadium is scheduled for next week, a mayoral spokesman confirmed Thursday.