Tomlinson Looking At Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets For New Home

March 15th, 2010 – By John Ritter

LaDainian Tomlinson’s search has narrowed to two teams. On Thursday, the San Diego Chargers’ refugee met with the Minnesota Vikings to discuss a possible platoon role with Adrian Peterson. After that, it was off to New York to hear the Jets’ pitch to become a back-up to now-sophomore Shonn Greene.

Depending on his projected role and salary, he could make a decision as soon as this weekend.

Both Minnesota and New York are looking for secondary backs to fill in for Chester Taylor and Thomas Jones, respectively.

If he were to end up a Viking, it would be one of life’s little twists. Coming off knee surgery, Tomlinson told newspapers he was a better back than Peterson, and could do more to help a team win. But as Peterson topped the 1,000-yard mark and led the league in touchdowns, Tomlinson struggled to break big runs, and averaged only 3.3 yards per. He did manage 12 touchdowns, but became more of a goal-line option as the season ended.

Minnesota head coach Brad Childress assured there would be no power-struggle, though, saying they were “1 and 1a”.

“They were able to talk for a little bit down in Coach [Eric] Bieniemy’s meeting room,” Childress told radio station KFAN, via ESPN. “I think there’s a tremendous admiration of one toward another. But he can do all the things that he needs to do in this offense. He reminds you of a guy like a Brian Westbrook, who was probably one of the premier guys in terms of moving around the formation as the widest guy in the slot, lined up next to the tackle, as a single back, motioned out of the backfield.”

San Diego opted to cut him loose, ending a nine-year marriage in which he became the franchise’s best running back. He was MVP of the league in 2007 after scoring an NFL-record 31 times, and ran for 1,000 yards in — straight seasons.

Both Minnesota and New York are looking for secondary backs to fill in for Chester Taylor and Thomas Jones, respectively.

The Vikings seem to be the more plausible team to reach the Super Bowl next season, especially if Brett Favre returns, and Peterson’s fumbling issues may earn LT some extended playing time. But the Jets were the no. 1 rushing team last year, and return all of their starting line.

Currently, Online Sportsbooks have established Super Bowl XLV lines for  both teams. The Vikings sit at 14 to 1 odds, while the Jets are a little further back at 20 to 1. Tomlinson’s addition to either team would likely only make a small difference in the odds, if any.

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