Rumors swirling that Tomlinson will sign with Jets

Free agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson hasn’t found a new team just yet. But as he visits with the Jets, the rumors are swirling that he’s close.

We’ve caught wind of a rumor that Tomlinson will, in fact, sign with the Jets. Although you should file this under “rumor” rather than “report” right now, suffice to say that it’s a strong rumor coming from a good source.

Tomlinson was meeting with the Jets this afternoon, and the New York Daily News reports that Tomlinson is spending another night in town.

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan are trying hard to get Tomlinson, who’s also considering the Vikings, to commit to the Jets, and the indications are that the Jets are going to get their man.

91 responses to “Rumors swirling that Tomlinson will sign with Jets

  1. I don’t get this signing. Shonn Greene looked good last year. And don’t they still have Leon Washington?

  2. Oh well, the Vikes are not desperate at runningback. Corner, Safety, DT, and OL are their primary needs.

  3. Nice! As a Vikes fan that unfortunately had to watch the Chargers last year, this is great news! The dude is done.

  4. Why on earth would you cut loose a healthy and productive Jones to replace him with a rickety and largely unproductive LT?

  5. 1 yr with Brett,,, or maybe 3+ to end his career with Sanchez. Plus he will get MANY more carries from the Jets. Carries and window for a ring probably are factors, the Jets are better off in those catagories. God I hate the Jets.
    If I was him, I would pick the Vikings, they might win the whole thing next yr if Brett comes back. That being said, the Jets are the better 3 yr fit.

  6. LT will def go to the Jets.. its NY and they need to make a big move to keep their name in the newspaper

  7. yeah, but wait until rex ryan takes his shirt off; LT will be begging for the quickest flight to MN.
    I think Thomas Jones would be a better fit for the Vikings. did he sign anywhere?

  8. HA HA!!! HE HE!!!
    SIGN LT SIGN!!!
    I’LL MISS YOU IN SD DUDE!!!
    BUT I’LL LAUGH MY A** OFF WHEN YOU BEAT SD IN JANUARY!!!
    (I shoulda checked vegas odds on this one damnit!)

  9. If the Vikes were serious, they should have never let him walk.
    Still, NYJ has Shonn Green and Leon Washington. Seems like their needs are less for a guy like LT, who may be a regular season marvel but nothing more than a shrinking violet in the playoffs.
    His best days are well behind him.

  10. i take that thomas jones thing back, he apparently didn’t get along with favre.

  11. BWWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!! THE vikings SUCK!

  12. It may be a rumor, my gut feeling is he will sign with the Jets. He went to Minnesota just see what he was worth, and use that as a starting point. He had NO intentions of signing with MN none! Why would LT want to play behind AP. I was wanting LT to prove me wrong. What I have been saying all a long is looking good so far.

  13. I’ve got a ton of cash, in the prime of my life, and my choice is Minneapolis vs. New York.
    Hmmmm, let me think…..

  14. Good, as a Vikings fan I never liked this move. Although the Jets must have seen something no one else did, because I would take TJ over LT right now.

  15. Tomlinson is a damn fool if he signs with the Jets and thinks that they have a better chance of winning the super bowl than the Vikings… if thats the case, go ahead and sign w/ them LT, and Ill gladly watch as you cry on the sidelines when the Vikes kick your ass next year when they face you.

  16. My sources are saying he is going to think about it and will sign with the vikes this weekend.

  17. I can just see him now, sitting on the bench in December, because it’s cold.
    Better go back to Minny so you can play indoors, oh classy one.

  18. That doesn’t make any sense for Tomlinson because he would be their 3rd best option behind Leon Washington and Shonn Green, both younger, more powerful and faster backs with lots of life left in their legs.
    To be quite frank, LT is a downgrade from either of them, and a slight downgrade from Chester Taylor for that matter, but at least with the Vikings, LT would get a large portion of the carries on 3rd down as a backup to AD. Qhereas with the Jets, all he would be is a publicity stunt who’s carries would hurt the team because he would be the least capable back on their roster. So, even though you’d like to think it’s not about the money, clearly in this case it must be, otherwise LT’s clear-cut choice would be the Vikings.
    $0.02,
    –Z

  19. I don’t know what this cat has left in the tank, but I don’t want to find out.
    Especially twice a year.

  20. Two words TJ WHO’syourmoma, LT call TJ and ask him how things worked out for him, “Seattle, its warmer than MN, I like the color green, your closer to Hawii” “Who would have thought Bret would have had his best year, he can’t do it two years in a row, common on man” isn’t that where Bret went first, I guess it worked out for him.

  21. LT please sign with the Jets. I cant wait to see you on the bench after Mark Sanchez has a sophmore slump and you lose the division again to the Pats. Sucker!!!

  22. LT is playing it cool because the Vikes offered him a very nice contract and he left saying “I’ll let you know”. Same will happen in New York cause LT wants to become a Saint and get his ring. No better place to do it !!!!!!I say……….

  23. My source is reporting sources close to sources who have sources close to Tomlinson that he will sign with the Vikings on Sunday.

  24. Well put Z!!
    LT is without a doubt a step down from
    TJ.
    As a Vikes fan I am luke warm about him
    coming here at best.
    I hope the Jets get him! He’d be a fool not
    to sign with them with all the endorsements
    available….

  25. NFL hof
    The pats haha who are they the regular season was a long time ago.
    To that idiot who said aren’t the jets getting soft the offseason..
    Shonn green is Thomas jones only younger and better
    LT is the perfect mix of Leon and green. He brings the versatility that tj didn’t have he couldn’t catch a pass If his life depended on it.
    Lito tackles just as badly as cromartie but cro can cover someone and Rhodes I’d the softerst safety in the league we replaced him with a fearless battering ram…the jets are doing sn outstanding job what final 4 rule?

  26. LT is crazy to go to NY, play outdoors every home game and live in that conference where only Miami has decent weather. Remember him up in Foxboro in the snow? He’s nuts to pass up a dome and swing passes from Favre

  27. Chili lucked out by somehow getting Minnesota to turn the heat up while LT was there.
    I wonder what ole Rex had to do to get Jersey to turn the smell off?

  28. People are talking about Leon Washington as if he has already proven something. Didn’t he tear up his knee last year as well?

  29. The Vikings are only a better contender if Favre comes back, and that is far from a certainty.
    LT saw first hand how good the Jets defense is.
    LT knows the offensive system.
    The Jets run the ball 30 times a game, and both of the teams options constantly get banged up.
    NY has a new stadium, and essentially a new training facility.
    He gets to end his career in a huge market, where he can then transition into his next career.
    I refuse to believe LT has nothing left in the tank. The man was an absolute beast only a few years ago. More time to heal and a reduced role could do wonders for him.

  30. BWWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!! THE vikings SUCK!
    =============================
    Charlie Wood swallows.

  31. I hope he signs with the Vikings, but if he does sign with NY, it’ll be because they are paying him more than Thomas Jones which is plain dumb.
    TJ is already in the system, was the most productive guy they had and could’ve been re-signed for less money than LT.
    The Jets peaked last week when Jones was still a Jet and they traded for Cromartie. That lasted a week.
    Cromartie now seems like not a great move, Jones signed with the Chiefs, and they’re going to depend on a broken down 32 year old LT to carry this team in snowy December.
    Jets 2010 record: 8-8

  32. I would be first to say that Jets fans will miss Thomas Jones. He was a great Jet. He gave us all he had and probably desired better; however, he did run out of gas in the playoffs. I wish him all the best. He was a class act!
    LT is a perfect fit for the Jets. Why? because Shonne Green and Thomas were similar backs.
    LT is quick and will get alot of touches behind the best offensive line in football. Did anyone say 1,000 yards rushing and receiving? 🙂
    He is a threat catching the ball out of backfield and on screen passes.
    Finally, he is a stand up player. I saw his interview after the Jets beat the chargers in the playoffs and he man up and said that the Jets were the best defense he seen all year. Here will be a productive Jet, you can believe that!!
    Go J-E-T-S!! LT, Welcome Aboard!!

  33. Whenever you can replace a healthy 1,400 yard rusher with an injury prone 700 yard rusher, that’s a move you have to make.

  34. LT would be making a huge mistake if he signs with the Jets if his priority is getting a SB ring. Some people have very short memories. Yes the Jets made the playoffs last year and even won their first game against the gutless Chargers but don’t forget, the Jets didn’t even deserve and would not have made the playoffs had the Bengals and Colts not rested their starters in the last two games.

  35. Let’s also not forget that SD offensive line wasn’t the best. If LT signs with the jets, he’ll be running behind one of, if not, the best offensive line in the league. And Brian schotty was in SD during some of LT’s best statistical years. I’m sure tannenbaum and Rex have plenty of bulletpoints for reasons LT should be wearing green and white next year

  36. markwhct says: March 12, 2010 6:41 PM
    If LT signs he WILL be a 1,ooo yard rusher again.
    —————-
    Bwaaaahaaaahaaaahaaaa!!! LMFAO How will a guy who is #3 on the depth chart rush for 1000 yards?? Checkout his average YPC that past 2 years. Can you say washed up???

  37. As a Jets fan, I don’t know what to think about this move. We are on the verge on signing, arguably, the best running back of the past decade. The problem with that is, he is the best running back of the PAST decade.
    I think he can still be productive, and I know he thinks he can still be productive. That’s why choosing to sign with the Jets is a smarter move than signing with the Vikings. He is going to split the carries with Shonn Greene and probably be the third down back, depending on Leon Washington’s future. If he ended up in Minnesote he would be nothing more than a glorified mascot.

  38. Skeety says:
    March 12, 2010 7:12 PM
    That’s too bad, he would have had a chance to actually play in a Superbowl in Minnesota.
    “““““““““““““““““““““`
    Now thats some funny shit! Its only been 3 decades since they made the superbowl with 5 championship games pissed down their legs. Ya too bad. LT couldve made a great 12th man! Too bad.

  39. Rest well Viking brethren, Housh pulled the same thing last year. How’d that work out for both parties…

  40. This is what I’ve seen as a Viking fan, loser owners like Wilf will go only so far and NEVER make the extra committement to make the Vikings a REAL S.B. winner!
    Come on it’s 1-2 million, but a cheapowner (because of a crappy stadium deal) fears paying market value.
    Hopeflly when the Vikings move to California we can have the $$$$$$ to compete.
    Screw the Minn. legistalute, Gov. Pawlenty, and the LOSER Minnesota fans.

  41. shonn green and leon are both injury prone and leon was my of a recieving back. L.T. would be a great fit because he give the jets depth and with there great o line he might have a good year. I think its better than having thhomas jones. i got so tired of watching him crash into the o line man instead of attacking holes. the oline was the reason they were the number 1 rush team

  42. LT definitely has a better chance at a ring in Minnesota. I’m a Colts fan, and we’re not exactly known for run defense here, but the Colts have throttled LT the last 2 or 3 times they saw him. I think he’s all but done.
    The reason the Jets would cut Jones and sign LT is $$$$$$. I think he’d fit in best in Houston though.

  43. idropbombs says:
    March 12, 2010 8:39 PM
    You Viking fans amaze me. Your team has not even made a SB in 30+ years and you think a 40 year old with nothing left to prove has a better chance to win the SB next year. Favre has no chance in hell to put up those same numbers again. Try 25/20 if your lucky. If you do make the playoffs you will be outed before you reach the SB anyway. Come down to Earth fags!
    ————————————————————————
    Well said!

  44. Vikings are choke artists. There fans need to stop thinking they are going to the superbowl. Brett isnt coming back and if he does i doubt hell have the same year. He’ll wind up ruining the season for the vikings like he did for the jets. Packers are winning the division and the bears prolly have a better chance with the williams brothers out for 4 games. Jets got just as far and the vikings think they run things. LT is a professional and he wants to go to the team that give him a better chance to win a ring. He is gonna chose the jets and dont think you know more then someone in the leauge. by the way brett favre says that same “most talented team ive ever been on” stuff with every new team he joins

  45. I can give you four reasons why LT can’t be faulted for signing with any team other than the Vikings.

  46. LMAO!!!! Join the TJ Douchemandzada fan club L.T. You and him could have been with a good team son,but you opted for listening to your old lady crying to live in NY. You ate chicken at Manny’s Steakhouse…you are a punk…don’t need you…

  47. makes sense to sign LT over TJ, because LT will sell many more PSL’s than TJ ever could. it’s all about big names, big money, and big coaches in NY.

  48. Still not sure why the Jets would even pursue a washed up running back. Shonn Greene is a beast and Leon Washington is so versatile and explosive. So many other teams could use Tomlinson. Jets and Vikings are among the teams who don’t.

  49. The former Charger is going to sign with the Vikes. Not, not LT… MB! Michael Bennett was cut by the Bolts around the same time as LT. He can end his career with the team that he started with.

  50. Jets fans ARE going to miss Thomas Jones…even if LT ends up in New York. We missed him like crazy in Chicago…class act all the way!

  51. I am so Fuc***** sick of the jets I won’t even capatilize it. This is ridiculous. Watching these clowns make deal after deal, over and over, only to see their arch rival Dolphins watch and stare…

  52. As much as I wanted to keep Thomas Jones, LT will be a great back up good for 10 carries and goal line/red zone carries for us this year. The Jets are in position to win next year and ran the ball more than anyone else why wouldn’t he want to come to NY??? Leon Washington is great but you dont want to over work a guy coming off a broken leg early in the season.
    Sign with the NYJ LT!!

  53. As sure as the sun rising in the East, so too is Joe in Toronto’s predictable hatred of all things LT. Thank god LT didn’t have a torn ACL during the playoff game vs the Patri*ts or Joe in Toronto would never let LT live it down. Oops, I forgot, LT did have a torn ACL, which should’ve tipped off Joe in Toronto that a RB in the NFL cannot be effective when his ACL is torn. Then again, nobody said Joe in Toronto is a great example of the Canadian education system.

  54. He better watch his ass walking around NY and NJ with the LT bullshit the real LT might just have to sack his ass

  55. Pervy Harvin says:
    March 12, 2010 9:29 PM
    LMAO!!!! Join the TJ Douchemandzada fan club L.T. You and him could have been with a good team son,but you opted for listening to your old lady crying to live in NY. You ate chicken at Manny’s Steakhouse…you are a punk…don’t need you…
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    Classic pouting Viking fan. A little bitter are we pErVY? Lol! Its not even a done deal yet and your crying calling him a punk when i’m willing to bet two days ago you were tonguing his ass thinking what a backfield you WERE going to have! Fukcn Douchebag!

  56. LT would only provide depth to a team with an incredible offensive line capable of carrying any back in the backfield. Those who think he’d come to NY to lead the charge (no pun intended) are mistaken. This is Shonn’s backfield now.

  57. nyj-gate D says:
    March 12, 2010 9:45 PM
    makes sense to sign LT over TJ, because LT will sell many more PSL’s than TJ ever could. it’s all about big names, big money, and big coaches in NY.
    ==============================
    That’s why, except for the Yankees, titles are few and far between for NY teams. Take away the Yanks, and you have the 07 Giants and then……um….. yeah. Not much to talk about.
    Anyone who buys a PSL because the Jets signed Tomlinson is a fool. He hasn’t been an explosive, big play back in three years.

  58. I thought the signing would be a good thing for the Vikings, but will not be surprised if he signs with the Jets. For one thing, I think the glamourous image of playing for a NY team will look appealing to LT, not to mention a sparkling new stadium, brand new workout facility, exciting young QB, the money, the strong Jets players, and the intoxicating fervor of Rex Ryan vs the Midwestern straightforwardness (if there is such a word) of Brad Childress.
    All that being said, I’m not sure it would be a wise choice – there may be way too many touches for him to handle, and nobody gets down on a hero who doesn’t produce like NY fans.

  59. To the idiot that said: ” 1 year with Favre or 3 years with Sanchez.”
    If you think LT has 3 years left, I have some ocean front property in Minnesota to sell you.
    The Jets are the most over-rated team going into this season, and wont even make the post season. Book it.
    That said, the proof is bringing in LT over TJ FOR MORE MONEY!! That front office should be bitch slapped with Rex Ryans 4th chin.

  60. Vince says:
    March 12, 2010 7:06 PM
    Tomlinson is a damn fool if he signs with the Jets and thinks that they have a better chance of winning the super bowl than the Vikings… if thats the case, go ahead and sign w/ them LT, and Ill gladly watch as you cry on the sidelines when the Vikes kick your ass next year when they face you.
    Wow. Vikes fans are bitches. You talk like LT owes you something. Wow. Just wow. Y’all are fickle. You got the best RB in the league, and you’re going to bitch about THIS? Why aren’t you bitching about Chestor Taylor? He was awesome for you guys and you couldn’t keep him and he went to an inferior team in the division.
    Vikes want to be REAL contenders SOOOO bad. Listen, when your QB isn’t officially playing this year, you are not a legit Superbowl contender and are NOT a good organization. Vikes fans catch emotions real easy.
    Jets don’t get LT? Oh well, they’ll figure something out.
    Vikes don’t get LT? LT’s kids get sent death threats.
    Keep tellin yourself you’re on the same level as the Pats and Colts. Keep hypin yourself up and you’ll be the Chargers of the NFC. Except you’re old.
    This isn’t me hating to hate right here, but, for real, I don’t know if the Vikes, WITH FAVRE, can win the division next year. They won’t be as dominant.
    Anyway, my point is, Viking fans are overly emotional and bust a nut over big names.
    Sidney Rice is dope, though. He’s the truth.

  61. With or without LT, AP should see plenty of 3rd down exposure. See chart below, big surprise.
    Rec Yds Avg
    A Peterson 43 436 10.14

  62. i think it would be a horrible mistake for LT to sign with the jets, but as a vikings fan i don’t really want him that much since i assume he is gonna get a better contract than TJ. i think that albert young may be able to carry the job, otherwise we can draft another back in a middle round. maybe vikes take a look at leon washington if LT signs with jets?

  63. Bigbluefan says:
    March 12, 2010 10:31 PM
    He better watch his ass walking around NY and NJ with the LT bullshit the real LT might just have to sack his ass
    Yeah I’ve been thinking about that too. Think the local sports guys will call him that?
    I don’t understand why so many people aren’t understanding that the Jets are establishing a 3 headed monster like the Saints and Giants had.

  64. drooley etc. holy crap! he was due a 2.8m roster bonus which brought his 2010 cost to 5.8m! he signed with kc for 2 mil. a MUCH more rational number for a guy his age. he did run for a lot of yards; behind the best oline in football

  65. Sourdough: I had heard of Internet stalkers before but I hadn’t actually experienced one until you came along.
    Nice life you have, lol.

  66. Jets will miss Thomas Jones, but LT will help sell tickets in new stadium. Leon is coming back from breaking his leg.

  67. @ Adam
    “keep telling yourself youre with the Pats and Colts”
    Since when are the Pats on the same level as the Colts? The Pats fell off hard. They stink. Brady has declined. Moss has declined, Their best player Welker is done deal. Its over for those chumps in Boston. I’ll be so happy to hear them pout all season.

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