The Zionist Conspiracy
Sunday, March 14, 2010
ESPN is reporting that the Jets and LaDainian Tomlinson have agreed on a two-year deal.
Tomlinson is obviously a Hall of Fame RB, and for that reason his signing is intriguing. But more likely than not, he will never be close to the player he was. While I'm not a huge Thomas Jones fan, over the last two seasons, Jones has been the better RB.
I'm all for depth at RB, but if Leon Washington comes back healthy and Shonn Greene stays healthy, I'm not sure how Tomlinson will get enough touches to warrant signing him.
Reports are that Tomlinson would be the Jets' third down RB, and could catch the ball out of the backfield. It's definitely true that Tomlinson is a much better pass catching RB than Jones and Greene, and the lack of a checkdown option for Mark Sanchez hurt the Jets offense last season after the injury to Washington. But if Washington is back and healthy, at this point in their careers, I'd much prefer him over Tomlinson as the 3rd down back.
Ultimately, I'm okay with this move, but more for purposes of depth at RB than anything else. With Shonn Greene having limited experience and Leon Washington coming off a very serious injury, LaDainian Tomlinson is not a bad guy to have around. Just don't expect to see much of the old LaDainian Tomlinson as a New York Jet.