In a Friday morning interview with KFAN in Minnesota, Vikings coach Brad Childress made a stunning disclosure regarding his team’s intended plan for free-agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
“I really look at it as a guy that if we were fortunate enough to get
him, we would have a 1 and 1A,” Childress told Mike Morris of KFAN.
And so it appears that there ultimately will be some accountability for Adrian Peterson’s inability to hold onto the ball at key moments.
Meanwhile, we’re told that Tomlinson’s choice between the Vikings and the Jets will come down to one simple concept: Fit. Tomlinson will pick the place that he believes will be the best overall match for him, regardless of money or playing time or any other factor. That said, money and playing time and factors like Super Bowl prospects will guide that visceral feeling that Tomlinson will likely develop regarding the next stop for a train that ultimately will end its run in Canton.
As to money, we’re hearing that the Jets were not willing to pay Thomas Jones more than $2 million in 2010; it’ll be very interesting to see whether they’d exceed that ceiling for L.T. With PSL’s to sell and a glaring need at tailback, perhaps they will.
Still, with the Vikings having a stout defense, an impressive array of offensive weapons, and an apparent commitment to employ a Michael Scott/Jim Halpert co-starter approach at tailback, the Jets really will have to blow L.T. away in order to change his mind.