Tag:LaDainian Tomlinson
Posted on: March 14, 2010 7:25 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2010 7:25 pm

LT to the Jets

 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.

Big deal.

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.



Category: NFL
Posted on: February 22, 2010 5:02 pm

LT on last legs


Are you shocked by the San Diego Chargers releasing running back LaDainian Tomlinson?

You shouldn't be.

He has no get-up-and-go anymore. There is no second gear, nothing that can turn a 4-yard run into a 20-yard run.

That was painfully evident when the Chargers lost in the AFC Divisional round to the New York Jets. Tomlinson couldn't get through the holes with any pop. He finished that game with 24 yards on 12 carries. His long run was 5 yards.

Tomlinson didn't average over 4 yards a carry in his last eight games, including the playoff game, although he had just one carry in the regular-season finale. He was under 3.5 per rush in three of those games. He had just two games of 4 yards or more per carry in the entire season.

That's a sign it's all gone. The per-rush average is the most important stat for any back. Forget all the other numbers. That's the one.

And for LT it's all the proof we need that he is finished as a feature back. That's OK. He's had a wonderful career, one that will get him a bust in Canton.

What's next for him? He might be able to help a team in spot duty, but expecting anything more than that would be foolish.

Any team that signs him will be getting a shell of the LT we watched for most of the past nine years.

Don't get caught up in the name -- or in this case the initials. He isn't what you think he is anymore. The NFL is a cruel business and when the greats go it's even more so. But that's life.

LT isn't LT anymore. That's a fact



Category: NFL
Posted on: March 11, 2009 11:57 am

LT staying a good thing

So LaDainian Tomlinson is staying in San Diego?

That's good for both the Chargers and Tomlinson. The Chargers were nuts if they thought Darren Sproles would be their every-down back. He's too little. I know he played well late last season, but they need a back like Tomlinson to handle the majority of the carries.

Tomlinson should be heatlhier this season than he was a year ago and should be a better back. His injuries weren't major, just nagging. It's good for him that he's staying because he's the face of the franchise. As much as the Chargers are now Philip Rivers' team, Tomlinson needs to stay in San Diego like Ray Lewis needed to stay in Baltimore.

It just fits. It works. And it will be better for his post-football career.

By restructuring his contract, Tomlinson will earn the same money in 2009 that was scheduled to make, which is $6.75 million. But it could be a one-year deal since there is an option bonus for next season.

If Tomlinson gets healthy, and shows he still has two or three good years left, the Chargers would love to pick up that option. It would mean he can still play.

Now San Diego can go into the draft without taking a back early. They have two again.

OK, one and half, considering Sproles is just as valuable as a return man.


Category: NFL
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