SAN DIEGO - LaDainian Tomlinson was released Monday by the San Diego Chargers, ending a brilliant nine-year run in which he became one of the NFL's greatest running backs.

The move had been expected for some time. Tomlinson, who turned 30 last summer, was injured early in the 2009 season and finished with 730 yards on 223 carries for an average of 3.3 yards per carry, all career lows.

Tomlinson was due a $2 million bonus in early March, which all but guaranteed he would be cut loose as his role diminished on a team that thrived with a pass-happy offense.

Team president Dean Spanos met with Tomlinson on Monday and informed him of his release.

• The Cardinals announced the hiring of Donnie Henderson as their new defensive backs coach Monday. Henderson has 26 years of coaching experience including nine seasons as an NFL assistant.

He also was an assistant at ASU (1992-97), California (1990-91), Houston (1998), Idaho (1989) and Utah State (1986-88).