LaDainian Tomlinson

AFC West Rumors: LT, Raiders, San Antonio

LaDainian Tomlinson has joined the Chargers as a “Special Assistant to the owner of the team,” according to a press release. It sounds like Tomlinson will not have a part in front office decisions as his job will focus more on fan relations. His presence could help smooth over tensions with San Diegans who are feeling scorned by the team’s relocation to Los Angeles.

L.T. is one of the most beloved and iconic Chargers of all time,” said Chairman Dean Spanos in the statement. “His active involvement in our fight for Los Angeles is vital, and he represents the very best of what it means to be a Charger on the field and in the community.”

Here’s more from the AFC West:

  • It sounds like we won’t see major progress in the Raiders‘ extension talks with Derek Carr until May or later. “He knows what we’re trying to do in free agency, and he’s never saying, ‘I need to know now. It’s not like that,” GM Reggie McKenzie said, according to Scott Bair of “More likely, the serious talks will happen after the draft. The communication has been ongoing, just talking about the philosophy of a contract and the thought process around it. Hopefully when the serious talks start going, then it’s going to be easier.” McKenzie also indicated that an extension could be on the way for right guard Gabe Jackson. The Raiders will also discuss a new deal with Khalil Mack, but they have more time on that front thanks to his option for the 2018 season.
  • Multiple cities have reached out to the Raiders expressing interest in being their temporary home, including San Antonio, Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News tweets. It’s possible that we could see the Raiders make a pit stop on the way from Oakland to Las Vegas.
  • The Broncos will add a third quarterback, but that player is likely to be a young veteran or a rookie.
  • The Chiefs hosted linebacker Rey Maualuga on a visit this week.

AFC Notes: Bills, Pats, Bolts, Jets, Chiefs

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk speculated over the weekend that the Bills could cut running back LeSean McCoy, but the five-time Pro Bowler’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, shot down that possibility Tuesday. Rosenhaus told PFT that he hasn’t had any discussions with the Bills about moving on from McCoy. Moreover, he expects the two-year Bill to remain in Buffalo for “many years to come” (via Mike Rodak of McCoy is coming off one of his best campaigns – 1,623 total yards, 5.4 yards per carry, 14 touchdowns and 50 receptions – and is due to count $8.875MM against the cap in 2017, his age-29 season.

More from the AFC:

  • As a result of his 120-day jail sentence for Extreme DUI, Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd won’t be able to leave the state of Arizona until at least June 17. Thus, it’s unlikely the impending free agent will sign anywhere until the summer, writes Ryan Hannable of Although he was a healthy scratch for Super Bowl LI and could face a suspension to begin next season, the Pats have interest in re-signing Floyd.
  • The Chargers are adding LaDainian Tomlinson to their front office, Fred Roggin of NBC Los Angeles tweets. It’s unclear what Tomlinson will do in his new position, but he was resoundingly success in his previous job with the Chargers, of course. The longtime running back is among the greatest Bolts (and players) of all-time, having made five Pro Bowls and taken home an MVP as a member of the club from 2001-09. Tomlinson only rushed for fewer than 1,100 yards in one of those seasons, and he combined for 169 touchdowns as a runner, receiver and passer.
  • The Jets have hired longtime NFL defensive lineman La’Roi Glover as their assistant D-line coach, per Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday. Glover, 42, spent the past seven years as the director of player engagement with the Rams. Previously, as a member of the Raiders, Saints, Cowboys and Rams from 1996-2008, he combined for 83.5 sacks, six Pro Bowl appearances and four first-team All-Pro nods.
  • C.J. Spiller‘s deal with the Chiefs is a one-year, $980K pact, Adam Caplan of tweets. He’ll earn a $55K bonus if he’s on the 53-man roster in Week 1.

Zach Links contributed to this post.