Impact of the release of LaDainian Tomlinson and Brian Westbrook on Fantasy Football in 2010

As expected, the San Diego Chargers have released LaDainian Tomlinson.  The move saves the Chargers $3 million in salary and a $2 million bonus.  Tomlinson turns 31 before the season starts and is coming off a so-so year; he started very poorly but did rebound a bit in the second half.  It wouldn't surprise me to see him end up in Texas or New England.  Texas is a mess at the running back position, with Steve Slaton coming off neck surgery, Arian Foster being an enigma, and Chris Brown being sent packing most likely.  Moreover, LT is from Texas.  Although definitely in the twilight of his career, he could be an asset for the Texans.

I could also see LT ending up with the Patriots, who lately like to go with older, cheaper backs like Fred Taylor.  LT could end up contributing in a RBBC there.

Darren Sproles is no cinch to pick up LT's slack.  According to Rotoworld, the Chargers won't put the franchise tag on Sproles, so he could end up testing the market.  San Diego's backfield bears watching this offseason.

In a slightly more surprising development, the Philadelphia Eagles released Brian Westbrook. He has been injury prone for much of his career and is coming off a concussion that caused him to miss several games.  Westbrook will likely see less market interest than LT because of health concerns. 

Keep an eye on LeSean McCoy, especially in PPR leagues, as Philly Coach Andy Reid says he'll pick up the reins. Remember though that the Eagles are not a running team and will pass as much as ever next year no matter if its Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb under center.  Also, Reid showed an inclination to use an RBBC last year while Westbrook was out.

Other Older Running Backs to Watch

And while we're talking about former fantasy football first round RBs, here are a few other older backs of note to watch this offseason:

  1. Larry Johnson
  2. Clinton Portis
  3. Fred Taylor
  4. Chester Taylor
  5. Thomas Jones (if released)

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