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L.T. decision most likely will come down to Minnesota or New York

Despite the possibility that free-agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson will take other visits next week, it’s our clear understanding in the wake of his visit to Minnesota on Thursday that he most likely will choose either the Vikings or the Jets.

One source with knowledge of the situation believes it will be a “close call” and that the Vikings did a “good job” of wooing the 2006 NFL MVP.  (Jim Trotter of SI.com reported last night that the Vikings “wowed” Tomlinson, and that the Jets will “have to bring it” on Friday.

Jets coach Rex Ryan surely will make a big-talking, rah-rah push on Friday, and Tomlinson’s connection to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer can’t hurt. 

In the end, we think the decision will be driven by Tomlinson’s assessment regarding which team is more likely to get to the Super Bowl in 2010.  Given the quality of the rest of the AFC, the Vikings seem to have the better chance of qualifying.

Either way, if Tomlinson picks one of these two teams he’ll get a chance to face the other one this season.  Under the league’s scheduling formula, the Jets will be hosting the Vikings during the 2010 season.

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49 Responses to “L.T. decision most likely will come down to Minnesota or New York”
  1. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 12, 2010 6:51 AM

    I am pretty sure the Jets defense got them into the AFC championship this season with a shotty offense and a young rookie QB. Imagine what they will do next year with Sanchez improving and having a year of experience under his belt. Not to mention the defense is only going to be better with Cromartie. To think the Vikings have any more of a shot to make it to the Superbowl than the Jets is terrible. I’d take the Jets any day of the week.. Favre can’t be superman forever.

  2. aec4 says: Mar 12, 2010 6:53 AM

    The Vikings have Sage Roesenfelds and Travaris Jackson at QB. How the heck does that translate into a good run at the QB. They won’t know about Favre until mid August.

  3. HawgNSonsTV says: Mar 12, 2010 6:54 AM

    When are you going to do that follow up on Lord Favre’s landscaping techniques?

  4. HawgNSonsTV2 says: Mar 12, 2010 6:56 AM

    Yes …That’s something we ALL want to see!

  5. HawgNSonsTV says: Mar 12, 2010 6:58 AM

    @aec4 …WAKE up dude Lord Favre is coming back to WIN is 2 MORE SuperBowls!

  6. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Mar 12, 2010 7:01 AM

    Going to the Jets is no easy decision, Rex Ryan is a nut!

  7. argos says: Mar 12, 2010 7:17 AM

    Well, everyone else would take the Vikes any day of the week to make it to the show over the Jets.
    The Vikes were a bad play away from the Superbowl. The Colts let the Jets in the playoffs and toyed with them when it counted.
    LT is not what the Jets need. The jets let a proven player walk for 800 k. Dumb.

  8. FNGS says: Mar 12, 2010 7:20 AM

    Tough pick, one coach is a nut job the other coach is a cross dresser.

  9. elementzo3 says: Mar 12, 2010 7:27 AM

    Plllleaaase Jests, get LT. I need a good laugh.

  10. Filbertkiwi71 says: Mar 12, 2010 7:35 AM

    # Chapnasty2 says: March 12, 2010 6:51 AM
    “I am pretty sure the Jets defense got them into the AFC championship this season with a shotty offense and a young rookie QB. Imagine what they will do next year with Sanchez improving and having a year of experience under his belt. Not to mention the defense is only going to be better with Cromartie. To think the Vikings have any more of a shot to make it to the Superbowl than the Jets is terrible. I’d take the Jets any day of the week.. Favre can’t be superman forever.”
    =============
    Cromartie isn’t an upgrade. Have you seen Cromartie play for the last two seasons? I have. Trust me, Cromartie isn’t the answer for the Jets. BTW, I haven’t even mentioned his off the field issues, those will most certainly be an unnecessary distraction.
    This is Sanchez’s second season, a sophmore slump waiting to happen.
    I expect the Jets to take a step back this season before they take a few steps forward. They won’t be sneaking up on anyone this season.

  11. blitzed says: Mar 12, 2010 7:47 AM

    couldn’t have been to “WOWED” if he left …. and the Queenies are gonna have a difficult time this year as that schedule is a whole lot tougher than the cupcake schedule they had this year …. plus they have a lot of aged/injured veterans they will be relying on …. and then there is the stupid coach factor …. Chili is tops on that list …. and the S.I. guy doesn’t have a clue …. he makes up crap like that tool Peter King …. even the Viking beat writers don’t know what’s gonna happen so doubt your buddy Jim Trotter knows any more than them

  12. MrHumble says: Mar 12, 2010 7:56 AM

    The money will be comparable, no doubt. Other factors: In N.Y. LT would in effect be 3rd on the depth chart at RB vs. 2nd in Minny. LT being from S. California, he has a choice of playing in a dome or in the cold in N.Y. Playing with a HOF QB or a 2nd year QB, a team full of offensive talent and a top 5 defense or a team with little offense and the top rated defense. West Coast offense of which LT has played his entire career or a smash mouth offense of which his talents would no longer fit?? I think it is a no brainer, LT picks the Vikings.

  13. Felcus says: Mar 12, 2010 8:01 AM

    Favre is coming back, they’re just not making it public.
    Tomlinson has an equal shot to make the Super Bowl with either the Jets or the Vikes, but its going to be more attractive to play in a dome for at least half of the games as opposed to playing out in the elements.
    The Jets meeting is simply for leverage, to make sure he’s getting a fair deal with the Vikes.

  14. Fan of Football says: Mar 12, 2010 8:15 AM

    “I am pretty sure the Jets defense got them into the AFC championship this season with a shotty offense and a young rookie QB. Imagine what they will do next year with Sanchez improving and having a year of experience under his belt.”
    It’s pretty hard for one dimensional defensive teams to sustain dominance. Think of the 85 Bears or the 2000 Ravens. They never got back to the big game. As far as Sanchez improving, he would have to improve a lot because even a marginal improvement over last year keeps him in the bottom half of the league of QBs. On top of that, your WRs are horrible. When Favre was there, the passing production of the offense was like putting lipstick on a pig. We all saw how well that passing offense did without Favre last year.
    Vikings definitely have a better chance if Favre comes back.

  15. fakepunt says: Mar 12, 2010 8:19 AM

    @HawgNSonsTV…I am no scholar, however to win “2 More SuperBowls,” wouldn’t you need to of won at least 1 in the past?

  16. hashbrowns says: Mar 12, 2010 8:28 AM

    if LT signs then Favre is back for sure

  17. Postman says: Mar 12, 2010 8:30 AM

    Your Vikings homerism is becoming WAY to obvious these days, Mike.

  18. chickenragnar says: Mar 12, 2010 8:30 AM

    fakepunt says:
    March 12, 2010 8:19 AM
    @HawgNSonsTV…I am no scholar, however to win “2 More SuperBowls,” wouldn’t you need to of won at least 1 in the past
    ============================
    Turd: He’s talking about Favre.
    Hand in your PFT card, you are too stupid to post anymore.

  19. Empire Jones says: Mar 12, 2010 8:42 AM

    So his two choice are a team where he publically stated the starting RB is NOT the greatest in the game today, or the team that stuffed his ass in the playoffs and saw the defenders screaming “He has no heart” all day all day all day?
    I ama long-time Chargers fan and while I respect what he did during his glory days when we spoon fed him 5845214 touchdowns, I am now feeling really glad we not only cut him but that his two remaining options are already filled with drama before he even gets to camp.
    He was a liar during his final season, he went from “happiest ever” to disconnected and hating the coach in mere seconds.
    Unstable? Not sure. Unproductive… both by his play and his attitude? Hell yeah.

  20. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Mar 12, 2010 8:44 AM

    Jets trashed Chargers in the playoffs and after the treatment he got from the Chargers it seems pretty obvious Jets should be the frontrunner.
    Not saying he didn’t deserve treatment, but he feels like he didn’t.

  21. Pack4Life says: Mar 12, 2010 8:45 AM

    @fakepunt…obviously you are no scholar and apparently you don’t know a lot about football either… Favre won a Super Bowl in 96, welcome to the conversation…

  22. shadowGM says: Mar 12, 2010 8:55 AM

    Sorry Florio, I don’t think Minnesota is in the runnung, despite what they said they did to “woo” him. It’s gonna come down to who offers more, and I don’t see them offering more than the Jets on this one. LT has a better chance to crack the starting lineup behind a second year back than Peterson.

  23. fatso says: Mar 12, 2010 8:57 AM

    “@HawgNSonsTV…I am no scholar, however to win “2 More SuperBowls,” wouldn’t you need to of won at least 1 in the past?”
    uhhh, duh, brent got a SB from when he was with GB. Were you born yesterday?!!?!

  24. PervySharstainharvin says: Mar 12, 2010 9:03 AM

    minnesota is for losers.
    book it.
    skoal
    ps brent farve is a douche
    pps so is jared allen
    ppps so is chilly
    pppps percy harvin smells like pot

  25. Dirty says: Mar 12, 2010 9:17 AM

    @fakepunt… Brett Favre won Super Bowl XXI on January 26, 1997. I think that qualifies as winning at least one in the past.

  26. thegoldengod says: Mar 12, 2010 9:40 AM

    Is LT looking for a one year deal? B/C Favre may not play this year, not to mention next season. And without Favre the answer is easy…Jets.

  27. chickenragnar says: Mar 12, 2010 9:44 AM

    fakepunt says:
    March 12, 2010 8:19 AM
    @HawgNSonsTV…I am no scholar, however to win “2 More SuperBowls,” wouldn’t you need to of won at least 1 in the past?
    ===============================
    This post proves you are no scholar.
    Pretty sure he means Favre, not the Vikes.
    Thanks for playing though.
    Reading comprehension is a wonderful thing, you should look into it.

  28. snigley says: Mar 12, 2010 9:47 AM

    The Jets won’t make the playoffs next year.

  29. vikes says: Mar 12, 2010 9:53 AM

    “@HawgNSonsTV…I am no scholar, however to win “2 More SuperBowls,” wouldn’t you need to of won at least 1 in the past?”
    YOUR A MORON…he has won a super bowl

  30. bh103 says: Mar 12, 2010 9:59 AM

    Why is either team looking to sign a washedup self centered running back?

  31. stetai says: Mar 12, 2010 10:13 AM

    Hey chapnasty, I’m pretty sure the Jets got into the playoffs by pure dumb luck of circumstances and didn’t deserve to get in.
    The Chargers were fit to be beat, because they were already crowned Super Bowl Champions before they set foot on the field, and the Bengals 1/2 assed their final game in arrogance.
    They will not repeat because they simply aren’t that good.

  32. Sumeria says: Mar 12, 2010 10:14 AM

    “YOUR A MORON” ????
    Irony. Just classic irony…
    it’s YOU’RE A MORON. NOT YOUR.
    Honestly, who cares what team LT chooses? He’s a non-factor.

  33. yem123 says: Mar 12, 2010 10:22 AM

    at this point… Thomas Jones is better than LaDanian. So why downgrade?

  34. FootballGod says: Mar 12, 2010 10:23 AM

    MRHUMBLE…
    Marty Ball is a philosophy of football associated with and named after former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer. In simple terms, it means a focus on the running game, with passing used only to further the running game. It is the FURTHEST thing from the west coast offense.
    “In American football, “West Coast Offense” (“WCO”) is one of two similar but distinct offensive-strategic-systems of play: (A) the “Air Coryell” system; or (B) more commonly the pass play system popularized by Bill Walsh. However, WCO may simply refer to an offense that places a greater emphasis on passing than on running.”
    ……maybe if LT played with Fouts you could have a quasi argument as Coryell was the father of the west coast offense (as it is run today)….you (single back) doesnt average over 300 carries a year in a west coast offense….
    brought to you by the FootballGod

  35. purpleguy says: Mar 12, 2010 10:29 AM

    LT would probably get more carries with the Jets, and obviously would be in a bigger media market if the endorsment thing is a big deal. You’d think if the Vikes really wowed him, he would’ve signed Thursday.
    And I don’t get the recent posts about the Vikings as an aging team thing. Other than Lord Favre, Pat Williams and Antoine Winfield, they’re pretty young. They seemed to play just fine for half the season last year without either Winfield or Williams. In tough shape without a decent QB in the next 2 years maybe, but not old.

  36. Crazydiamond says: Mar 12, 2010 10:34 AM

    Pervysharstain: That is one of the most idiotic posts I’ve ever seen here. Skoal? Do you have any idea what that means? Also, I doubt you would call Jared Allen a “douche” to his face. L.T. certainly will not be making his decision based on any of those opinions.

  37. JimmySmith says: Mar 12, 2010 10:38 AM

    Well, LT and the Vikings have a lot in common, both were darlings of the press for their regular season performances only to come up short in the playoffs. Both were expected to win in the playoffs but found a way to lose. Both own the same amount of Superbowl rings. Both had their best chance to win in the past, not the future.
    The truth is that no one really knows whether LT will sign, we only know that if he does sign with the Vikings it will surely set off the 2010 version of, “We are going to the Superbowl, for sure this time, book it, its guaranteed!” (see previous year’s versions of Jared Allen and Brent Favre for amusement purposes only)
    Like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown to kick, you would think the Viking fans would have learned their lesson by now but they are not the sharpest knives in the drawer.

  38. ARodg4MVP says: Mar 12, 2010 10:42 AM

    green bay needs to get in on this. Grant and LT could be lethal if the pack get some help on the o-line

  39. Thingamajig says: Mar 12, 2010 10:49 AM

    My guess is that it will be a Vikes or Jets decision rather than L.T.’s.

  40. Robj says: Mar 12, 2010 10:51 AM

    vikes says:
    March 12, 2010 9:53 AM
    “@HawgNSonsTV…I am no scholar, however to win “2 More SuperBowls,” wouldn’t you need to of won at least 1 in the past?”
    YOUR A MORON…he has won a super bowl
    ——————————–
    No, You’RE a moron.

  41. shoeless says: Mar 12, 2010 11:14 AM

    JimmySmith says: March 12, 2010 10:38 AM
    Well, LT and the Vikings have a lot in common, both were darlings of the press for their regular season performances only to come up short in the playoffs. Both were expected to win in the playoffs but found a way to lose. Both own the same amount of Superbowl rings. Both had their best chance to win in the past, not the future.
    __________________________________
    Hmmm. Sounds just like Aaron Rodgers.

  42. mrzazz41387 says: Mar 12, 2010 11:25 AM

    The only thing keeping the jets from moving forward, is injuries. They almost have all the pieces in place to push us over the edge.
    A sophomore slump for Sanchez? Are you kidding, did you see how bad he was in the middle of the season? Can he get any worse than that? He might not be as great as he was in the playoffs, but he will sure be better than he was in that slump.

  43. PervySharstainharvin says: Mar 12, 2010 1:03 PM

    Yes I know what “skol” means.
    I spell it wrong on purpose to mock minnesota fans that use it and to piss them off.
    Get it??
    Probably not, you are too dense.

  44. Supersuckers says: Mar 12, 2010 2:24 PM

    Well I know packer fans are praying that the king of all picks returns in August to cause some locker room tension and throw picks all over the NFL. Hard to duplicate last year except for that last pass to Porter. He had five yards with a pump fake and continuing to run to his right.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whk0VTuMAdU
    Best view starts at 0.48

  45. Cannon says: Mar 12, 2010 2:45 PM

    $

  46. joey-pickles says: Mar 12, 2010 3:46 PM

    The Jets have the bigger market and the new stadium. Add in the state of the art practice facility in Florham and I can’t see LT leaving for equal money in Minny.

  47. FreddieBaby says: Mar 12, 2010 4:38 PM

    You know your team is really good when all of the other teams’ fans come into an area devoted to your team and trash on them. If the Vikings weren’t Super Bowl material, all of you haters in here wouldn’t waste your time posting about them. It is obvious the Vikings scare you people. Just admit it.
    Go Vikes!

  48. Supersuckers says: Mar 12, 2010 6:16 PM

    Freddie,
    They had the best chance they are ever going to get this last year and they Favred it away. Much better team then New Orleans. Now they have everybody else improving and there is very little chance Favre has the same year if he plays at all. They have to go to New York and play the Jets. Where he is utterly hated. Rightfully so.

  49. Crazydiamond says: Mar 20, 2010 8:45 AM

    How many packer fans does it take to change a light bulb? It takes three. One to change the bulb and two to stand around and talk about how great the old one was.

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