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LT to the Jets

Posted on: March 14, 2010 7:25 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2010 7:25 pm
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 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.

 

 

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Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2010 12:51 pm
 

LT to the Jets

LT to the Jets

The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the New York Jets have inked former NFL rushing champion, single-season touchdown record holder, and league MVP Ladainian Tomlinson to a 2-year contract in the Big Apple.

Tomlinson will join promising second-year runner Shonn Greene and versatile runner Leon Washington in the backfield of the NFL's leading rushing team in 2009. Although some lesser 'experts' may view this as a publicity stunt, the Jets are getting an experienced, proven runner who above all wishes to complete his illustrious career with a Superbowl victory.

The Chargers possessed a high-powered passsing attack, but their run blocking was not among the league's best. As a result, LT's rushing numbers dropped over the past few seasons. The change in offensive lines and move to the more run oriented attack of the Jets could be a great fit for both LT and the Jets. Time will tell if LT's skills are prolific enough to be a difference-maker, but he will certainly have the blocking he needs to be an effective back and opposing defenses will respect his prescence in the backfield.

Time will also tell how Washington returns from his broken leg. The Jets could still pick up a rookie running back for added depth and to use on special teams in the upcoming draft. With so many underclassmen coming out in this year's draft, there is a surplus of capable backs that can be taken in the mid to later rounds and you never know what caliber of runner could fall into your lap in earlier rounds. Other than needing some defensive line restocking and perhaps a speedy young receiver, the Jets are in the enviable position of being able to take the best players available versus drafting entirley based on positional needs.



HEY CBS - Could I apply for a position with you, because it clearly doesn't take much literary skill, or football knowledge, to generate better writing than the per
petually jejune writings of Pete Prisco?

 




Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2010 12:18 pm
 

LT to the Jets

You're a dumbass Prisco.  Thomas Jones is not a better back at this point of his career than LT.   If Jones could put up those numbers, LT can be very effective in that backfield.  Given the fact you have an unproven back in Greene, this is a great pickup for very little risk.  They can still use one of the later draft picks on a RB and be guaranteed some good competition in the backfield.   Better yet, use the later picks to solidify the secondary some more.  LT is not the LT of 2 years ago but it's about the OL now and the intangibles that he'll bring to a young QB as well.



Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2010 12:16 pm
 

LT to the Jets

Just goes to show that LT is all about LT....His ego couldnt take being a backup to the guy who replaced him as best RB in football even if it meant a better chance at a championship....Thats why this guy isnt a winner and never will be....



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2010 12:12 pm
 

Take the money and "don't run"?

Good for you LT! You found someone stupid enough to give you 5,000,000 bucks for your name. That is great, take the money and don't say your sorry. You deserve it, you have had a long and great career and it is your severance pay. The Jets suck anyway and it won't matter. They will come crashing down to earth next year hard and take you with them but you will get the money, most of it anyway. I wouldn't bank on the 2nd year of it. Good for you LT.



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2010 12:08 pm
 

LT to the Jets

You're so full of it (for want of a better word) Prisco.  It's a great move by both parties.  Am not a Jets fan but I'll always wish a New York team well.



Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2010 12:06 pm
 

LT to the Jets

Prisco always has and always will be a biased writer.

I predicted about 2 weeks ago that Tomlinson would be a Jet. I had a feeling with Jones leaving, so when he signed I wasn't surprised, and nor does this blog. Prisco is a dick sucking idiot.... never gives the Jets credit when due. Tomlinson can't carry the load himself, but with Greene splitting carries, it is a perfect 1-2.






Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2010 12:02 pm
 

LT to the Jets

Hey Prisco,

How many yards did you rush for and how many MVP's did you win in the NFL? It is one thing to convey your thoughts on LT to the Jets, it is another to neglect him his due. Someone with your experience in sports reporting should know that there is plenty of precendent for special players without Championship rings accepting lesser roles on contending teams in an attempt to get a Superbowl ring. This is why they play the game and put up with all the work and rehab that goes with playing PROFESSIONAL football. When the skills of reporters go, they go fast I guess!



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2010 11:57 am
 

LT to the Jets

I hate to say this, but I have to agree with Prisco.  I don't see this move even making a blip on the radar come next season.  The sportscasters will hype it up, but the outcome will be plain and boaring...  LT in New York = Tony Dorsett in Denver and Emmitt Smith in Arizona.



Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2010 11:24 am
 

LT to the Jets

WHAT WAS SO WRONG WITH THOMAS JONES?  HE RUSHED FOR OVER 1400 yds.  This signing with losing Thomas Jones seems like a wash.  There probably is more risk with LT.  Since Jones just Rushed for 1400 yds.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2010 11:02 am
 

LT to the Jets

Yea, he may have been the best player in the league, but where was he at the end of the season?  Let me tell ya..  It was his time to put his money where his mouth was, and make up for the crap he talked about the Pats being classless..  But, instead, he was sitting on the sidelines in a parka.  He's heartless, and you'll find out this year, when you need him most..


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