Not bolting: Tomlinson wants to stay in San Diego

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson assured the San Diego faithful on Wednesday that he has no desire to leave the club.

In a post on his official web site, Tomlinson decided to address rumors that his time in San Diego may be coming to an end.

"I feel that I need to make it very clear that I have no intentions of leaving San Diego," Tomlinson wrote in the post. "San Diego is where my career started and where I'd like it to end."

The possible departure of Tomlinson has been a hot topic as of late. Though he played in all 16 games for the Chargers this year, the fourth straight season he has done so, the 2006 MVP ran for a career-low 1,110 yards this season on 292 carries while running for just 11 touchdowns. That was the fewest rushing touchdowns the back has posted since finding the end zone just 10 times on the ground as a rookie in 2001.

Tomlinson ran for 1,815 yards and scored a record-setting 31 touchdowns in 2006, including 28 on the ground. However, his numbers have regressed over the past two seasons and he was unable to play in San Diego's 35-24 loss to Pittsburgh in the AFC Divisional game due to a torn adductor tendon in his groin area.

It marked the second straight season he missed time in the postseason due to injury, as a knee ailment limited him in the 2007 playoffs. The 29-year-old Tomlinson also battled through a toe injury this season.

Despite wanting to stay in San Diego, Tomlinson did admit it is out of his control.

"Me being traded is completely out of my hands," Tomlinson added on his site. "I have absolutely no control in that decision making. All I can do is wait and see how it all plays out. As for now, I am a Charger and will be until I am told otherwise."

Tomlinson has rushed for 11,760 yards in his eight-year career and has scored a total of 141 touchdowns, 126 of those coming on the ground. He signed an eight-year contract with San Diego in 2004 and will turn 30 on June 23.

Should the Chargers move Tomlinson this offseason, 2005 fourth-round pick Darren Sproles would likely take over the starting role. San Diego also drafted Jacob Hester out of Louisiana State in the third round of the 2008 draft.

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