LT is going to the New York Jets. LaDainian Tomlinson has accepted a two-year deal, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, which first reported the story.
What, wasn't Curtis Martin able to help?
That's about what the Jets are getting in Tomlinson: A back who can't get through the holes anymore. Martin retired when he knew it was over. Tomlinson plays on. But if the Jets are willing to give him a two-year deal, why shouldn't he?
I would have used a late-round pick on a runner, rather than sign LT. You can find runners all over the draft board, and younger is better at that position.
Tomlinson averaged 3.6 yards per rush last season. If you watched him play, you know it's over for him.
When the skills of backs go, they go fast. There's no in-between.
The Jets will start Shonn Greene. He proved in the playoffs he's capable of handling the load. They will also likely have Leon Washington, who is coming off a broken foot, unless he leaves as a restricted free agent. It will be interesting to see how Tomlinson handles being a spot back, which is what he should be at the most.
Give him five or seven carries. Hope he can handle that. That's all he'll deserve.
But, hey, give the Jets this much: They have added a name people know.
For whatever that's worth.