Chargers wanted LaDainian Tomlinson to return for 2013?


The San Diego Chargers may not be all too comfortable with Ryan Matthews as their running back. San Diego approached former running back LaDainian Tomlinson about returningn to the team.

Once one of the NFL’s best, Tomlinson turns 34 in June and retired after the 2011 season.

Speaking with Yahoo Sports’ Mike Silver Tomlinson said he declined the offer because returning to the NFL would have been difficult.

“At first I thought they weren’t really serious, but they kept talking about it, and I realized it was real,” Tomlinson said. “They said, ‘You can come back and carry it 10 or 12 times a game. We’d like to have you here.’ … My mind is in a different place. Mentally, going back would have been too hard.”

Tomlinson spent the last two years of his NFL career with the New York Jets. In his final season he ran 75 times for 280 yards and a touchdown. His biggest contribution came as a pass catcher where he caught 42 balls for 449 and two touchdowns.