Why LaDainian Tomlinson Will Be a New Orleans Saint

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Published: March 10, 2009


... New Orleans:

  • Salary cap space issues.
  • Having to give up a draft pick.
  • The issue it would create with Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas (talk about a crowded backfield).

But there are a number of reasons why this makes sense:

  • Tomlinson is not happy with the way he feels he is being treated by the Chargers front office, particularly when comparing his negotiations to the contract Darren Sproles just signed
  • Tomlinson and Brees have a rapport on the field, but more importantly, are very good friends off of it
  • Even more important is the fact the Tomlinson and Brees' wives are very close
  • Tomlinson has to be intrigued by the prospect of playing in Sean Payton's offense, where Brees just missed breaking Dan Marino's passing record despite being without a number of his weapons for much of the season
  • There are a number of people who say Tomlinson is on the decline.  He may not be what he once was, bu...

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