NFL notes: Tomlinson declines Chargers offer to play this season

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Retired running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the former TCU and San Diego Chargers standout, told’s Michael Silver that he was approached by new Chargers general manager Tom Telesco and new coach Mike McCoy at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and asked if he would consider returning this season to play for San Diego.

“They said, ‘You can come back and carry it 10 or 12 times a game. We’d like to have you here,’” said Tomlinson, who declined the offer.

“When I made the decision to walk away, I wrestled with it long and hard, and I knew it was final. Once I retired, that was it. My mind is in a different place. Mentally, going back would have been too hard.”

Tomlinson, 33, left San Diego after the 2009 season and played two more years with the New York Jets. He retired last June as the NFL’s fifth all-time rusher (13,684 yards) and third in career touchdowns (162).


• Bears: Oklahoma CB Demontre Hurst, from Lancaster, was signed as an undrafted free agent.

• Bills: Tennessee Tech receiver Da’Rick Rogers agreed to a free agent contract. Rogers caught 10 touchdowns in his one season after transferring from Tennessee, where he was suspended for violating team rules.

• Chargers: Kansas DB Greg Brown, from Cedar Hill, and Oklahoma DT Jamarkus McFarland, from Lufkin, were signed as undrafted free agents.

• Mr. Irrelevant: South Carolina tight end Justice Cunningham was taken by the Colts with the 254th and final pick of the draft and will be honored with a trip to Disneyland and the Irrelevant Week Parade in Newport Beach, Calif., this summer. Last year’s Mr. Irrelevant, quarterback Chandler Harnish, also was taken by the Colts and spent all last season as the team’s No. 3 quarterback.

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