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LaDainian Tomlinson more optimistic about Rivers and the Chargers staying in San Diego

LaDainian Tomlinson, who sounded like he expected Philip Rivers to be on the way out just prior to the draft, has changed his tune and see's hope for Rivers AND the team to stay in San Diego.

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Only a few weeks ago, former Chargers superstar LaDainian Tomlinson said that he was convinced Philip Rivers was ready to "move on" due to lack of confidence in the team's direction and a little bit of frustration with the possible move to LA.

Today on The Rich Eisen Show changed his tune just a little, saying that the LA situation is, in fact, the bigger issue here.

"Absolutely. He's really comfortable in San Diego; he's been there his entire career. He's gotten to know that community, schools for his daughters, you know, and so that's important to guys. To uproot guys from their home, what they feel like is their home and move to another market, it's tough."

LT then went on to elaborate on how Rivers could be frustrated with the team.

"But I do think there's a part of him that is a little bit frustrated. I mean think about it, the other two quarterbacks in that draft that we talk about, Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger both have two Super Bowl rings. And yet Philip doesn't have any. But he's had the opportunity to get multiple. He's had good teams. But the organization has taken part in uprooting certain guys on the team to his dislike, Vincent Jackson, you know, and so things like that weigh on a player as you get older in your career."

I tend to agree with LT here. I think that the LA situation is the biggest sticking point for Rivers, but the way the team kept being taken apart around him had to have been frustrating. I think this off-season, Tom Telesco did a good job of bringing in players to help Rivers out. They have built a mammoth wall in front of him, and they moved up in the draft to bring in what could be the best weapon at RB the team has seen since LT left.

LT then went on to add in his thoughts on the stadium situation.

"I think they stay. I think this is going to come down to, you know, the 11th hour, 59th minute. Right at the last minute I think they get a deal done. I don't believe that Dean Spanos, the president of the Chargers, want to move. I think he likes San Diego. And I think they ending up staying."

Knowing how the Chargers like to drag out football games, rather than putting it away early, I think LT could be right.