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Published on 06/23/2012 at Sat Jun 23 16:16.
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Update (6/24/12, 4:28 p.m.):  According to reports, Denver never offered Tomlinson a contract, his agent merely contacted the team.  That makes one wonder, did Tomlinson ultimately decide he couldn’t see himself in orange, or did the Broncos make the decision for him?

LaDainian Tomlinson, a future Hall of Fame running back who scored 132 points against the Denver Broncos during a ten-year career, retired a San Diego Charger five days ago without a Super Bowl ring.

In hopes of getting a ring, Tomlinson considered signing with one team — just one — during the weeks leading up to his retirement.

“The only team I really gave a thought to was the Broncos, because of Peyton,” Tomlinson told UTSD’s Kevin Acee on Saturday, referring of course to quarterback Peyton Manning, who signed with Denver earlier in the offseason.

Tomlinson went on to say that his agent, Tom Condon, talked with Denver and the thought of signing with them made him pause to think, “Was this what I really want to do?  They got Peyton, they have a good defense already; they went deep in the playoffs with Tim Tebow, what are they going to do with Peyton? I seriously thought about it.”

At the end of the day though, team loyalty trumped L.T.’s quest for a ring.

“(A ring) was the only reason I considered Denver,” he said. “At the same time, I thought, ‘How much is a Super Bowl ring really going to do for you at this point?’ Because it’s not with the team I really wanted to do it with.”

Seeing Tomlinson in orange and blue wouldn’t have felt right, for fans of either side.  ”At the end of the day I was thinking, ‘I can’t do that.’ It’s not as bad as being a Raider — but almost.”

Granted, he hasn’t had a Hall of Fame career, but it would have been nice of Eddie Royal to show the same kind of team loyalty.  What are your thoughts?  Would you have liked to have L.T. on our side playing against SD twice a season?  Or would have it been too hard to swallow?

  • http://twitter.com/strikeoutss Dave R

    Yeah. Congrats on a long career lt. Now go away.

  • Jason Holm

    2nd

  • cdubarkansasrep

    3rd this notion!

  • TheTroglodyte

    He would have been a good asset in the regular season. Probably would have gotten a toe injury in the playoffs though.

  • http://broncotalk.net Monty

    Bwahahaha suck it SD!!

  • http://Twitter.com/Jon_BT Jon

    Touché.

  • Bryandotcom

    I would have been cool with it just for the laughing at SD part, but if the only reason was for a ring and then to retire a Charger…no thanks. I think it was less about seeing himself in orange, and more that he wasn’t getting enough green to play.

  • Doom92

    No thanks, for any amount. Sure great career and all blah blah blah.
    I’ve not liked Tomlinson since he didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to shake hands with the Patriot players after they lost to them in the playoffs. He was a total douche bag cry baby and wouldn’t even talk to them, even pulling away from them when they approached him. Any way, I just don’t like him much and am glad he didn’t come this way and even more glad we didn’t seem to really pursue him.
    You all know my disdain for Knowshow; I’d rather keep him…

  • Mokptt

    only part I liked about this is the dig on the Raiders.
    LT was a great player but I don’t think at this point in his career he would of been any asset to Denver.

  • spaceman99

    I wouldn’t have wanted this lazy, diva, prima donna on the Broncos. He would have sat out all the important games because of a minor boo-boo. All this talk of HOF make me want to puke!

  • toxik zine

    go pout in a charger uniform douche