In the midst of a failed attempt to find a new home this offseason, it appears LaDainian Tomlinson already has one foot out of the door, and is leaning toward hanging up his illustrious cleats.
After speaking with the Canton-bound running back, SI’s Jim Trotter reports that Tomlinson considers himself “95 percent retired,” adding he’ll play only under the right circumstances in 2012.
This news is neither new nor surprising, as LaDainian has said he’d like to play another season, but also admitted he was considering retirement.
It’s also not surprising he’s found not a single taker in free agency thus far. Tomlinson turns 33 before the season begins and has demonstrated the classic signs of an aging and worn-out runner: low productivity (280 rushing yards), lack of initial burst (patented, in his case), and, of course, self-doubt about the future.
It’s to be expected after a monumental and hard-earned career. Happens to the best of ‘em … and there’s few better than LT.