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Brees wants L.T. in N.O.

nfl_brees1.jpgWith LaDainian Tomlinson on the market, the man who broke into the NFL with L.T. in 2001 has made his feelings known on a possible reunion.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees wants Tomlinson to come to New Orleans.

I would love to get LT in the black and gold,” Brees said Tuesday on his Twitter page.  “Crazier things have happened.”

He’s right.  But implicit in Brees’ wishes is a loud and clear message to the three-headed monster that handled the ball-carrying duties for the team in 2009:  “One of you has gotta go.”

That means that Reggie Bush or Pierre Thomas or Mike Bell would be bounced.  Both Thomas and Bell will be restricted free agents; of the two, the Saints are more likely to keep Pierre.

Then there’s the possibility that the Saints could swap out Tomlinson for Bush.  The move would save the team plenty of money, since Bush is due to earn $8 million in base salary this year.  The fact that the Saints are willing to let safety Darren Sharper test the free-agent market shows that the franchise plans to make decisions for 2009 based on football — and not based on keeping together the team that won the Super Bowl for an extended victory lap.

Still, it’s one thing to let Sharper leave; it’s another to affirmatively dump “Jesus in Cleats.” 

Regardless, if Brees gets his wish, Bush, Bell, or Thomas will be getting bad news.
 

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53 Responses to “Brees wants L.T. in N.O.”
  1. Ches says: Feb 24, 2010 7:58 AM

    Bush has never impressed me.
    He has occasional moments of glory, but I still label him a bust.
    The biggest thing he has on LT is his youth. Otherwise I feel that LT would be an upgrade.

  2. Caldon says: Feb 24, 2010 8:04 AM

    I was just saying this last night, that Bree’s is going to want him in NO. They were real tight in SD and I know LT was in Bree’s corner when the SD/Brees showdown happened, so I figured Bree’s would return the favor.

  3. 4ever19 says: Feb 24, 2010 8:05 AM

    Bush hasn’t contributed as much as was hoped. LT might be a bit of an upgrade but you have to wonder if he has anything left at all. And would he be happy sharing carries?

  4. WHO DAT! says: Feb 24, 2010 8:06 AM

    Use some of Reggie’s money on Sharper. He is much more important for the success of the team than Reggie. Reggie is all media hype and as a Saints fan I have been sick of it since he was drafted. Pierre Thomas is a way better back than Reggie. In fact it seems that anyone we put in the backfield does better than Reggie. WHO DAT!

  5. VernonK says: Feb 24, 2010 8:40 AM

    I’d love to have Reggie in Philly; considering how much we run the ball and his pass-catching abilities.

  6. RUGGERLAD says: Feb 24, 2010 8:41 AM

    I’ve argued since day 1 Mario Williams was the better pick. Bush is a versatile 3rd down back/WR/KR, but pick #2 for an earlier version of Percy Harvin??

  7. Postman says: Feb 24, 2010 8:44 AM

    Bell would be the odd man out.

  8. Bob says: Feb 24, 2010 8:46 AM

    “The fact that the Saints are willing to let safety Darren Sharper test the free-agent market shows that the franchise plans to make decisions for 2009″…

    Saints have made all the decisions they can for 2009, especially since they won the Super Bowl. Now they might currently be making decisions for 2010, since, well, we’re in 2010.

    Also, I didn’t realize Lawrence Taylor was thinking of re-entering football. I could see why Brees would want him, if he was in his prime. Couldn’t Tomlinson find a better nickname than one that already belongs to a Pro Football Hall of Famer?

  9. WhySoSerious says: Feb 24, 2010 8:51 AM

    Bush would be better fit someplace else if LT goes NO.

  10. RUGGERLAD says: Feb 24, 2010 8:59 AM

    VernonK says:
    February 24, 2010 8:40 AM
    I’d love to have Reggie in Philly; considering how much we run the ball and his pass-catching abilities.
    You already have Reggie in Philly except he costs a heck of a lot less and his name is LeSean McCoy. You need a power back to compliment him cuz you have a monstrous o-line. Toby Gerhart will be a steal cuz his skin colour makes him very underrated. Plus he catches the ball well.

  11. Swedish Mafia says: Feb 24, 2010 8:59 AM

    earlier and not as good as version of Percy Harvin. Percy is already a better player than Bush…maybe part of the reason being MN knew how to use him. Philly would actually be a good fit for Bush…they like oft injured small backs

  12. cwinckler says: Feb 24, 2010 9:01 AM

    LT has said that he wants to win a championship. That won’t happen in NO. They wont get the Katrina effect anymore. The referees won’t be instructed to look the other way on late hits to the QB or “inconclusive evidence” calls next year. The NFL pity party is done.

  13. skyrider says: Feb 24, 2010 9:05 AM

    Reggie Bush is garbage…why would anyone want to pay him 8 million dollars for what he does. He’s not even the primary back! I say go for LT! NFC SOUTH ROCKS….go BUCS!!!

  14. nps6724 says: Feb 24, 2010 9:06 AM

    Bush had a much better year than Tomlinson in 2009. Tomlinson hasn’t been good since 2007. If he does come aboard, it’ll be to replace Mike Bell.

  15. Rip says: Feb 24, 2010 9:14 AM

    cwinckler – do you practice being this stupid, or is it raw talent?
    BTW, there is no “hidden message” in Brees’ words. He made a general statement about a good friend of his.

  16. Swedish Mafia says: Feb 24, 2010 9:24 AM

    cwinckler sounds like a Vikings fan…do you blame the loss on Favre’s ear plugs, too?

  17. ray says: Feb 24, 2010 9:27 AM

    CWINCKLER MUST BE A VIKINGS FAN

  18. schism says: Feb 24, 2010 9:30 AM

    Bush to the seahawks

  19. tomcous says: Feb 24, 2010 9:36 AM

    Dollars would dictate that Bush gets the axe … Bell is an RFA, but …
    Tomlinson + Bell = Better Business & Better Football

  20. lilhopo says: Feb 24, 2010 9:37 AM

    Ive been saying this since LT release. Mike Bell is the odd man out. Darren Sharper age plays against him for not being tagged. Bush is young and dangerous. Lance Moore may not be around so you stick Reggie at slot where Lance Moore was and LT and Pierre handle running duties along with Reggie. I smell repeat

  21. cwinckler says: Feb 24, 2010 9:46 AM

    While it is true, I am a Vikings fan, I will say that the Vikings did not deserve to win the game. They were not mentally tough enough to be a champion, however, even with all of the mistakes, they still were in a position to win the game and it scared all of the bleeding hearts out there. All I’m saying is that those calls in OT…ALL 3….were bogus….championships shouldn’t be decided on what’s politically correct. If you dont believe that after listening to all of the commentary from all 3 sports networks, then Rip, YOU are stupid

  22. MakingitRain says: Feb 24, 2010 9:56 AM

    You already have Reggie in Philly except he costs a heck of a lot less and his name is LeSean McCoy. You need a power back to compliment him cuz you have a monstrous o-line. Toby Gerhart will be a steal cuz his skin colour makes him very underrated. Plus he catches the ball well.
    Well Said!

  23. ChargersGriff says: Feb 24, 2010 9:59 AM

    if cwinkler is a Vikings fan… thats a good way of blaming the refs dont mention the 5 turnovers the Vikings had……

  24. JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says: Feb 24, 2010 10:07 AM

    why?
    all 3 of those guys are better than LT

  25. straightup says: Feb 24, 2010 10:10 AM

    All this talk about how Reggie sucks and is a bust is ridiculous. You don’t know what you have until you loose it. If you want to say he hasn’t lived up to the hype then yea I’d agree, but just because a guy can’t come in and destroy and dominate the same way he did in college doesn’t mean he’s a bust. Reggie has had to change everything about his running style that he’s been using since he was a kid. This is not a easy transition, changing your instincts takes time. The Saints would be stupid to let him go. Reggie is finally coming into his own, if he goes watch how many teams want this so-called bust.

  26. jknock625 says: Feb 24, 2010 10:14 AM

    I like Sharper, and he may end up being with the black & gold again next year, but if he’s not then I think we put Jenkins or Young in at FS and we let those guys improve over the course of the year. If Sharper leaves then we can sign an OLB to replace Shanle (who was torched by Clark in the SB) or a DE to replace Grant.
    If they want to let Bush walk, I’m ok with that too – he’s not the guy they thought they were drafting and there’s no reason to pay a role player that much money. I know Payton likes him but we obviously did ok with him only getting 5 touches a game during the regular season.
    Whatever happens, there’s absolutely no reason to bring in LT…he’s done.

  27. Rip says: Feb 24, 2010 10:25 AM

    cwinckler – stop whining, it’s been a month FFS.
    Your team got beat, deal with it or take up knitting.

  28. T3d Strik3r says: Feb 24, 2010 10:25 AM

    Caldon says:
    February 24, 2010 8:04 AM
    I was just saying this last night, that Bree’s is going to want him in NO. They were real tight in SD and I know LT was in Bree’s corner when the SD/Brees showdown happened, so I figured Bree’s would return the favor.

  29. Thorpie says: Feb 24, 2010 10:39 AM

    I thought the rules for the final 4 teams in an uncapped year would prevent The Saints from signing Free Agents unless they lost a player with the same value to free agency? I don’t think it would be as easy as letting Bell go and just signing LT. Maybe I interpreted the rule incorrectly, but I remember think we (Saints) were pretty much screwed in the free agent department.
    Anyone with a better understaning want to elaborate?

  30. Boudin says: Feb 24, 2010 10:45 AM

    Reggie Bush is the Saints leading scorer. not bad for a bust.

  31. pstoo says: Feb 24, 2010 10:55 AM

    Useless speculation. This makes absolutely no sense, and is based on a TWEET from a QB, not the GM. Brees has no say in who the team brings in, so it doesn’t matter who he wants in the black and gold. Aside from that, why would the Saints move their most valuable return man / role player, in exchange for a declining RB – effectively a gold-plated Mike Bell? LT gives the Saints nothing. If they want to bring him in to replace Bell, that’s fine, but he does not give them the same value Bush does. Plus, as has been stated elsewhere ad nauseam, Bush is worth far more to the Saints than he would be to anyone else.

  32. hard runner25 says: Feb 24, 2010 11:11 AM

    bush is a bust as the no 2 pick, but as a football player he’s still better than alot of guys out there. i could see carroll trading a 2nd round pick for reggie and using him like he did at usc. as for lt hell ya! his last 2 years were bad because his offensive line was terrible!!! only 1 guy left from when he was mvp, given the way lt likes to run and the way the saints like to run lt would be an upgrade from thomas (who i really like by the way, lt is just better). and has everyone forgot the fact that all this guy does is score touchdowns!

  33. cwinckler says: Feb 24, 2010 11:24 AM

    You guys didn’t read my previous post…I said that we didn’t deserve to win…Yes, we lost!…HOWEVER, championships shouldn’t be won or lost by a referees mistake or through political means…too much is at stake! Just my opinion.

  34. NOLAGirl says: Feb 24, 2010 11:53 AM

    @cwinkler
    You have one hell of a brilliant mind. I’ll bet your family loves hanging out with you…….you have such a posititive attitude! But really, your wife must hate you and your children must be embarassed by you! You know, bitterness and negativity follow you wherever you go and it rubs off on the people around you. Suck it up an move on!

  35. ehatem says: Feb 24, 2010 11:55 AM

    If I remember the definition right from a post Florio did, the restrictions of the Final 8 (and final 4) to sign free agents is limited to those players whose contracts have expired. Released players aren’t in that category I don’t think. And should someone sign Sharper or Fujita, then the Saints would be able to sign someone at roughly what the other team pays them which is another way for the Saints to get involved in free agency.
    As to the whole LT to Saints thing, as much as I’d love to see Brees and LT shoving a Super Bowl trophy down San Diego’s throat, it just doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t even make good football business sense. The odd man out of the backfield is Bush. He’s overpriced and overvalued. For every spectacular play he gives, he does something equally spectacular in the bonehead department. But LT does not equal Bush. LT at this point equals Bell who is a restricted free agent, comes cheaper, and has more years left on his legs than LT does.

  36. nps6724 says: Feb 24, 2010 11:56 AM

    “bush is a bust as the no 2 pick, but as a football player he’s still better than alot of guys out there.”
    You can’t be a bust due to where you are picked and not a bust as a football player. Either you’re a bust or you’re not. Busts don’t last 4 years in the NFL with significant playing time. Bush may be a disappointment, but he’s not a bust.
    A bust is the very worst a draft pick can be. If you are going to call every player who didn’t live up to whatever hype was heaped upon them, you’re going to end up with more busts than successes due to the media.
    Far too many fans throw out “bust” too frequently, mostly just trying to hurl an insult at a player. Soon, you’ll see a mid-5th round pick called a bust.

  37. nps6724 says: Feb 24, 2010 11:59 AM

    “You guys didn’t read my previous post…I said that we didn’t deserve to win…Yes, we lost!…HOWEVER, championships shouldn’t be won or lost by a referees mistake or through political means…too much is at stake! Just my opinion.”
    Minnesota beat the Saints due to referee mistakes in 2008 (Bush being facemasked on a fumble, Peterson’s non-fumble). Games are won and lost all the time due to poor officiating. The Vikings didn’t lose due to the refs. They lost because they turned the ball over 5 times.

  38. Corzo_United says: Feb 24, 2010 12:10 PM

    Its nice to see the World Champion Brees extend some gracious comments to a friend…I would not read any more into those comments…the World Champion tailbacks are mature enough to see it as such…World Champions Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis are also wise enough to not take heed to this…World Champion Brees needs to stay focused on his roll….he needs to quit picking fights with the NFL and old retired NFL players over anti-trust issues and pension funds…we’ll now add to the list general managing…that is now off limits to him also…

  39. phillyeagleschamps says: Feb 24, 2010 12:21 PM

    LT stay out of the polluted NO.
    Texans or Cowboys…..

  40. Sourdough says: Feb 24, 2010 12:46 PM

    It is so much fun listening to posters whine about LT’s nickname also being that of a cocaine-fueled LB of the NY Giants. Sorry boys, but one LT (#21) carries himself on and off the field as a model citizen, while the other LT (#56) was far from what one would call a model citizen. Whine on boys, whine on.

  41. Ilovefoolsball says: Feb 24, 2010 12:54 PM

    Bush isn’t going anywhere. He won’t have the same success in other places that he’s had in Sean Payton’s system with Drew Brees at QB.
    It’s highly unlikely that Tomlinson will come to the Saints other than a sentimental gesture. The guy can’t be a full time back anymore at his age. Curtis Martin types are extremely rare in our day and age with RB’s taking so much punishment. I think Tomlinson goes to the Redskins, they have a knack for wanting to sign high profile veterans.
    All the talk about Bush being a bust is just that. He’s a threat when he’s on the field and defenses must respect him. Again I tell all of you to go look at the top 10 of the draft class of 2006 and tell me out of those who were selected behind him, who would have made a bigger impact than Bush for the Saints? No one.
    Not only that, Bush is the only player (besides bench riding Matt Leinart) who made it to the Superbowl in that top 10.
    phillyeagleschamps: you have a lot of experience with pollution up in Philadelphia!
    cwinckler: your whining has become comforting, please don’t stop, it only helps freshen the enlightened feeling of beating the Vikings and the euphoria that followed. Please don’t stop bringing up that game. I don’t want this feeling to end!

  42. cwinckler says: Feb 24, 2010 1:06 PM

    Hey Ilovefoolsball: Glad to help you out…one problem….you didnt beat the Vikings…they beat themselves…oh with help from the NFL!…you guys are paper champs…you know it…I know it and the 53 players on your team know it!….however, you do have one more super bowl than we do…my hats off to you for that…

  43. Just Drew It! says: Feb 24, 2010 1:23 PM

    Reggie’s career:
    4000 yds running (4.0 ypc) and receiving
    28 td’s
    4 Punt Return TD’s
    That means he’s avg’ed 1000/7/1 per year. That may be a disappointment for some, but that’s a solid first 4 years in the league.
    Consider that, and the fact that this year he ran for 5.6 ypc with multiple long runs.
    If you still say bust, you are a moron.

  44. Just Drew It! says: Feb 24, 2010 1:28 PM

    And for those saying Harvin is already better, let’s compare rookie years
    Reggie : 1300 ttl yds (88 rec), 9 TD’s
    Harvin : 925 ttl yds (60 rec), 8 TD’s
    Reggie was better, just like the Saints were better in the NFC championships. No matter how you lay it out to to soothe your pains, the numbers don’t lie.

  45. nps6724 says: Feb 24, 2010 1:38 PM

    “you guys are paper champs”
    No, the VIKINGS are paper champs. See, a paper champion is one not earned on the field. The Saints went 13-3 plus beat 3 teams including Indianapolis. The Vikings didn’t.
    Keep crying, though. You tears are delicious.

  46. Opinionated Fool says: Feb 24, 2010 1:56 PM

    I think Bush would make a fine fit in San Diego. We don’t have much of a running game either, and could use his good hands out of the backfield. Factor in his youth and the fact he’d be playing in his home town, I think he’d make a fine replacement for LT. What say ye, Spanos? Make him an offer!

  47. Materialman80 says: Feb 24, 2010 1:59 PM

    Reggie certainly hasn’t lived up to the hype since he was drafted, but he does seem to be getting better. LT was a great back, but I wonder what he has left in the tank.

  48. cwinckler says: Feb 24, 2010 2:01 PM

    you just made my point nps6724…THANKS!!..you are paper champs..you didnt earn it…it was handed to you.

  49. nps6724 says: Feb 24, 2010 2:19 PM

    “you just made my point nps6724…THANKS!!..you are paper champs..you didnt earn it…it was handed to you.”
    In what way? The Saints went 13-3 and beat the Cardinals, Vikings, and Colts. Even if you want to dispute the Viking game (of which there is ZERO dispute; you got beat), the Saints still beat the 14-2, heavily-favored Colts by 14.
    How was the Super Bowl handed to the Saints? There weren’t any controversial calls and I highly doubt Peyton Manning deliberately threw a Pick-6.
    And you wonder why people bash Viking fans. You’re all nuts.

  50. cwinckler says: Feb 24, 2010 2:41 PM

    I am bored with this…if you guys can’t be objective with your thinking…you guys saw all of the bogus calls that went NO’s way…then lets move on

  51. nps6724 says: Feb 24, 2010 3:26 PM

    “I am bored with this…if you guys can’t be objective with your thinking…you guys saw all of the bogus calls that went NO’s way…then lets move on”
    I saw just as many go Minnesota’s way.
    But you know, that game wasn’t even the Super Bowl. The Saints played the Colts in the Super Bowl and won by 14. So how was it given to the Saints? Was Manning given a script that said “Throw a Pick-6 to Tracy Porter with 4 minutes to go”?

  52. Opinionated Fool says: Feb 24, 2010 4:14 PM

    Apparently those ice fishing shanties have WiFi….

  53. Bious says: Feb 24, 2010 6:28 PM

    Saints need to spend their money on D
    Their O is fine

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