LaDainian Tomlinson hopes to play another season

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LaDainian Tomlinson isn’t ready to retire yet, although he is realistic enough to know that it might not be up to him.

Tomlinson said on NFL Network Thursday that he would like to play in the 2012 season, but he’s not sure whether any team will be interested in the services of a running back who turns 33 in June and gained just 280 yards last year.

“I’m not sure, but I do want to continue to play,” Tomlinson said. “I love the game, no question, but I have to wait on the opportunity. The ball’s in the teams’ court. I’m just here waiting to see what happens. I’ll have a conversation with my agent, Tom Condon, in the next week or so, trying to get an idea of what teams think about me.”

So what can Tomlinson provide to a team that signs him to a free-agent contract? Leadership is the obvious answer, given that Tomlinson is one of the most respected players in the NFL, but Tomlinson doesn’t want people to overlook what he can bring on the field.

“I think the leadership in the locker room, on the field, being able to really help the younger guys out,” Tomlinson said. “I still think I have something to bring in that respect, but also on the field: I think I’m still a viable option out of the backfield, especially in sub packages. I think I do really well in running routes and creating mismatches.”

Tomlinson caught 42 passes for 449 yards and averaged a career-high 10.7 yards a catch last season, so he may be right when he says he still has something left as a receiver. There aren’t many 33-year-old running backs in the NFL, but if Tomlinson is motivated to keep playing, there’s probably some team that could use him.

51 responses to “LaDainian Tomlinson hopes to play another season

  1. if he is willing to play for a somewhat minimal contract I wouldnt mind seeing the eagles pick him up. He could do well in a system that asks its running backs to do alot of blitz pick up and receiving out of the backfield. Also would be kind of ironic having him join vick when they were essentially traded for each other.

  2. Now that Ricky Williams is retired, Baltimore needs a guy that plays hard, gets a bit of yards, and it’s a bonus that LT’s got soft hands. Tomlinson isn’t running slashes for 7 YPC anymore, but with Vontae busting holes he’ll get what’s needed. And having one of the best dudes in football in your clubhouse can’t hurt either.

  3. Funny… His best atribute is his leadership… But didnt the Jets have a disfuctional locker room? Oh and didnt the fake LT let everyone have it on his way out the door not only in NY but SD too?

  4. This dude needs to continue playing football, because as a public speaker, he’s bordering on retardation.

  5. “So what can Tomlinson provide to a team that signs him to a free-agent contract? Leadership is the obvious answer, given that Tomlinson is one of the most respected players in the NFL, but Tomlinson doesn’t want people to overlook what he can bring on the field.”

    Seriously? This is the guy that, during an AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, hid behind his tinted face mask and coat on the bench, alone and away from his teammates. While his QB was playing on one stick. And for the record, I HATE Rivers & the Chargers.

  6. “So what can Tomlinson provide to a team that signs him to a free-agent contract? Leadership is the obvious answer..”

    Exactly. I mean just look at his last team: The Jets.

  7. I’d like to see him an eagle. He could take a few carries to relieve Lesean so many carries for that young man, maybe on pass protection plays and also some third down plays.

  8. Tomlinson in the backfield with Adrian Peterson would be the coolest fing thing ever. He could fill the roll that Chester Taylor used to fill.

  9. didn’t this loser get the Jets logo tattooed on his leg? that is pretty comical. will he be required to cover it up by whatever CFL or arena league team picks him up?

  10. Tampa should sign him. Blount is a pounder, but not a receiving threat. LT would be a great mentor.

  11. He already tattooed both calves with the logos of the teams he’s played for…where the tat of the next team gonna go?

  12. He could be a good backup in Dallas. Every player secretly wants the star on their helmet.

  13. “mrizzo44 says:
    Mar 8, 2012 8:52 PM
    Tampa should sign him. Blount is a pounder, but not a receiving threat. LT would be a great mentor.”

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    When will people understand that Players DO NOT mentor other players.. Do you remember mentoring all the little freshman that came in when you were a senior in HS and College ball? Not for more than a few things here or there. It’s not their job… It totally depends on the player, not all veteran players have that personality to take guys under their wing.. If anything, bringing in veterans delays the progress of young players

  14. Lt used to be classy now he needs a tattoo with aW on his left butt cheek and a W on the right and when he bends over it says WOW lol had to say old jokes rule

  15. I hope Complanian retires and ESPN hires him to replace Emmitt Smiff or work wid him. He’s very eloquent …….NOT!

  16. stop calling him “LT”. There’s only ONE “LT” and it ain’t Tomlinson.

    Your ship has sailed Mr. Tomlinson, time to move on.

  17. He is very good on third down, good receiver out of the backfield and a more than adequate blocker against the blitz. He can help any team win.

  18. I think he could make a decent backup somewhere. Ricky Williams was a good backup to Ray Rice and he was older then 33. Just saying he could have a few years left just not as a 3 down back

  19. LT,LT,LT,LT,LT,LT!!!!!!!!!!!! (Couldn’t resist) had a ACL strain during that AFC game. LT’s best move was a jump cut! You can’t jump cut very well with a strained ACL, so he was basically no good in that game. LT was not a great power runner but a great shifty runner in his prime, he made people miss. It would be great to bring him back to San Diego and call it a career after next season.

  20. With Bush likely to leave via free agency, Tomlinson could complement the Raiders backfield. McFadden could be the workhorse if he can remain healthy for an entire 16 game season, he’s due to put up some numbers. Taiwan Jones is a capable #2, Tomlinson could be an interesting option.

  21. slickster35 says:Mar 8, 2012 8:18 PM

    This dude needs to continue playing football, because as a public speaker, he’s bordering on retardation.
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    That is why his nickname is “LT”…that was all he could spell.

  22. “With Bush likely to leave via free agency, Tomlinson could complement the Raiders backfield.”

    No chance. LT hates the Raiders and would absolutely retire before wearing that jersey.

  23. I’m not the 1st to post it, but this makes a TON of sense for the Raiders…if he will take the veteran min. Think about how motivated he will be to stick it to the bolts twice. The Raiders have a history with this kind of move…especially with Bush likely gone in FA.

  24. Funny comments. LOL. I remember this guy was so hard to get in fantasy football. Now he’s on every teams RB free agent list

  25. Seriously??? Maybe in the bad old days when Dallas was an actual threat, but since Jerrah took over they’ve become strictly middle of the pack.

    Get over yourself.

  26. It’s nice to see Tomlinsina groveling for somebody to add him to their football welfare program.

  27. Tomlinson reminds me of a skinless tomatoe,juicy but probly not that good..oh and theres only 1 LT and he played for the new york giants a ways back.

  28. After SD dumped him, he said he’d rather retire than play for the Raiders. He will never wear the Silver & Black, because he’s a loser and dooooosh. The NEW Raiders don’t need/want trash like him. #there’s only one LT, and we all loved Lawrence

  29. twelvehundred says:
    Mar 8, 2012 10:20 PM

    “One of the “baby mamma” must need some pampers”

    You’re an idiot. Tomlinson married his college sweetheart and they have ONE child together.

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    Get your facts straight before trying to look cool by putting someone else down on an internet message board…

    Tomlinson has two children, he confirmed this on Eisen’s podcast this week.

    Who’s the idiot now?

  30. “Who’s the idiot now?”

    You and the OP of this ignorant statement. The OP was clearly implying that LT had multiple kids with multiple women. Not true. Apparently he just had his second child with his wife. The same “baby momma.” Attempting to compare him to Cromartie or some of these other guys is idiotic. How “cool” is that?

  31. So what can Tomlinson provide to a team that signs him to a free-agent contract? Leadership is the obvious answer, given that Tomlinson is one of the most respected players in the NFL.

    Where did those leadership skills come into play in NY? The Jets had one of the worse locker rooms in the NFL when it comes to teamwork.
    Tomlinson needs to realize that he has nothing left to offer. Its time to retire.

  32. The Jets need a real break away running back, and Ladainian doesn’t fill the bill anymore, and he never really did in his time with the Jets. When he left the Chargers, he also left a few fast first steps to the hole there, Ciao Ladainian, it’s been nice knowing you.

  33. all of you are just stupid LT can still start over any running back and break emmit smith record and i would love to see him break that record he alreadly has 13,686 yards right now emmit has 18,355 LT needs only 4669 yards to tie the record

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