March 12, 2009
One of the perks San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson received as part of his renegotiation with the Chargers this week was a little more money next year in case the team decides to let him go.
As in $1 million more.
Under the terms of the new deal, Tomlinson restructured the $6.725 million he was scheduled to receive this season and reduced his base salaries for both the 2010 and 2011 seasons, said two sources with knowledge of the contract.
Tomlinson was set to make $8 million in 2010 under his previous contract. Now, he will make $5 million between a roster bonus, base salary and a $1 million guarantee. Tomlinson can get back to $8 million in total compensation through incentives.
However, even if Tomlinson is cut after the 2009 season, he receives the $1 million guarantee.
"Pretty nice deal for a guy people thought the Chargers were going to cut," a source said.
In reality, it appears that the Chargers never had any real intention of cutting Tomlinson as long as he was willing to do some minor work on the contract.
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