Offer to Tomlinson Expected to be Competitive

Chargers general manager A.J. Smith finally met with the media. But as usual, he didn't reveal much. Or did he?

The Chargers and running back LaDainian Tomlinson remain at an impasse -- that much we know.

Tomlinson, who would count $8.8 million against the cap next season is trying to decide whether to accept a revamped contract to return to for his ninth season.

"All I can tell you is that everything is ongoing," Smith said. "I got nothing more to add at this time.

"But I will add this: we would love to have him and we hope he returns. Other than that, there is not much more I will add to this. I'm just going to let it go -- everything is on-going."

At least Smith allowed that Tomlinson is wanted. The way the offseason unfolded that wasn't always certain. The two sides got in a public tiff which was apparently patched up, with the former Most Valuable Player willing to listen to the Chargers' plans.

And it would appear that the Chargers' offer to one of their greatest players in franchise history is at least competitive. If the Chargers would have low-balled Tomlinson with an embarrassing offer, there's little doubt he would have publicly renounced it on the eve of free agency.

So in that regard, one could envision Tomlinson returning.

"We would like for him to return other than that," Smith said. "I'm not going to get in the specifics."


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