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03-14-2010, 06:35 PM

03-14-2010, 07:10 PM
Tomlinson picks the Jets

Posted by Michael David Smith on March 14, 2010

LaDainian Tomlinson has made his decision. He's going to be a New York Jet.

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Tomlinson and the Jets reached an agreement today on a two-year contract.

Tomlinson's decision, which had been expected for the last couple of days, comes after he considered the Minnesota Vikings, where he visited on Thursday. On Friday he visited the Jets and on Saturday he flew home to San Diego to spend some time thinking before making up his mind.

Tomlinson will join a backfield that also includes running back Shonn Greene, who's coming off a strong rookie season with the Jets in 2009. During the regular season Greene carried 108 times for 540 yards, and in three playoff games he had 54 carries for 304 yards.

The question now is whether Tomlinson, who will turn 31 in June, has enough left to contribute to a Jets team that's coming off a loss in the AFC Championship Game and has Super Bowl aspirations. In 2009 Tomlinson had a career-low 730 rushing yards and a career-low 3.3 yards a carry.

03-14-2010, 09:38 PM
Two years, $5.1 million for L.T.

Posted by Mike Florio on March 14, 2010

The New York Jets declined, we're told, the ability to match the two-year, $5 million contract that running back Thomas Jones signed with the Chiefs.

They matched that number and added $100,000 in order to get LaDainian Tomlinson under contract.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Tomlinson's two-year deal has a base value of $5.1 million. The contract includes an additional $500,000 in escalators.

So what were they thinking? Jones rushed for 1,402 yards in 2009, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Tomlinson, in contrast, gained only 730 yards with a per-carry clip of 3.3 yards.

The Jets should have given the same package to Jones. In our view, they're now paying more money for a lesser player.

Buy, hey, maybe L.T. will sell a few more of those PSLs.

03-15-2010, 02:06 AM
Can the stars align in New York for LaDainian Tomlinson?


Did LT pick playing time potential over Super Bowl run?

Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson has a new team and another chance to show he isnít washed up.

The New York Jets have added Tomlinson on a two-year deal, per to ESPNís Adam Schefter. Tomlinson chose the Jets over the Minnesota Vikings, who also courted him.
After being the top dog his entire career, Tomlinson is expected to serve as the teamís No. 2 running back behind second-year back Shonn Greene. This intrigues me, as it provides Tomlinson a better opportunity for playing time, while the Vikings may have provided a better opportunity at a Super Bowl run. Just food for thought of where LTís mindset may beÖ

Tomlinson managed a career-low 730 rushing yards last year, while averaging a career-low 3.3 yards per carry. He did find the end zone 12 times, and he has scored double-digit touchdowns rushing every year of his career by the way.

Tomlinson has not looked like the same back in recent years. The Chargersí offense has changed during that time period, too, going more with the pass-happy style and away from the strong run-blocking, fullback-led system that helped make LT great. Along the way, Tomlinsonís numbers struggled greatly and his durability has been a big issue, too. He has averaged less than four yards per carry each of the last two seasons.

Iím probably in the minority, but Iím not ready to say he is washed up. In fact, I have often said in recent months that I thought he was still capable of a 1,200-plus yard season in the right system. The Jets provide him that system, as they are powered by a strong running game and have a dynamite offensive line. However, the stars will need to align to give Tomlinson that type of statistical opportunity.

Tomlinson is expected to serve as the teamís change-of-pace back to give Greene a breather, as well as a third-down option. He has 530 career receptions, along with 15 career receiving touchdowns, so he is no slouch in that department. In fact, last season was the first in his career he did not have at least 50 receptions in a season!

Can Greene be an every-down back?

There is no question Greene is the Jetsí back of the present Ė and future Ė so Tomlinson will deal with the scraps. On top of that, LT will have to share them with running back Leon Washington (broken leg), provided Washington is healthy. The good news, however, is the Jets led the NFL (by a sizeable margin) with 607 rushing attempts last season. That provides plenty of opportunity for multiple backs.

Once again I may be in the minority, but Iím still going to consider Tomlinson as a No. 4 fantasy football running back in 2010. As the summer approaches, I may even be thinking No. 3 fantasy back in point-per-reception leagues. Sure, his skills are diminished, and he isnít the back he used to be. But, it wouldnít take a lot for the stars to align in New York to allow him to see the bulk of the carries.

Consider this:

Greene may have been dynamite in the playoffs, but he has just 108 career regular-season carries. Is he ready to be the feature back?

The Jetsí top back in the regular season last year Ė Thomas Jones Ė had 332 carries. That may be too much to ask out of Greene, so we could see more of a committee approach.

Washington (leg) is expected to be ready for the regular season, but what if he isnít? On top of that, Washington hasnít carried the ball more than 76 times in each of the past three seasons.

The Jets have a mauling offensive line built for opening running lanes.

The Jets have one of the best defenses in the league, which leads to the offense seeing more opportunities.

03-15-2010, 08:29 AM
Jets took a step backwards with this move. Thomas Jones is a better RB than Tomlinson and they still don't know what they have in Green.

This will put more pressure on Sanchez to produce.

Mel Blount's G
03-16-2010, 12:44 AM
And to think those dumb @#$^'s running that SD franchise got rid of Michael Turner to keep LT.

All I can say to that is.. http://humanprovince.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/simpsons_nelson_haha2uwr.jpg

03-16-2010, 12:46 AM
LT would have looked good in the BnG.