Neal: LT out for redemption

Updated: February 24, 2010, 6:55 PM ET
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The fullback who paved the way for some of LaDainian Tomlinson's best seasons said his former teammate has plenty left in the tank and would be a good fit with the Chicago Bears.

Lorenzo Neal, who played with Tomlinson from 2003-07, said Tomlinson is looking for redemption after being released by the San Diego Chargers after nine seasons.

"He understands his better years are behind him, but if you put him in the right system and give him a supporting cast with a good line, a physical line and have a commitment to running the ball, this guy is still one of the best in this league," Neal said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000.

After rushing for 12,490 yards and making five Pro Bowls as the face of the Chargers franchise, Tomlinson will likely have to accept a secondary role with another team. That should be fine with Tomlinson, Neal said.

"He's a way better man than he is a football player and that says a lot for the character of this individual," said Neal, a 16-year NFL veteran who sat out the 2009 season after being released by the Oakland Raiders in the preseason. "He's physical, he's durable. I used to call him Superman without the cape. He's still electrifying. You've got to realize the philosophy of the San Diego Chargers changed. Norv Turner is a passing type of guy who took away from the running game. When I was there we were physical, we got downhill. Now the line is all predicated on Philip Rivers. It was a changing of the guard and LaDainian Tomlinson got lost in the shuffle."

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