Lions won't rule out LaDanian Tomlinson

Speaking at the Scouting Combine regarding running back LaDainian Tomlinson, Lions coach Jim Schwartz wouldn’t rule out a pursuit of the man whom many think is a sure-fire Hall of Famer.

We’ll look at every way we can to improve the team,” Schwartz said, per the Associated Press.  “I don’t think we make any decisions and just blanket say, ‘No, we’re not interested.’  Every player has something they can bring and if they can help us win, we’ll look at just about everything.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for [Tomlinson].”

This, of course, ignores the question of whether Tomlinson would rule out the Lions.  Based on his comments from Wednesday, however, we’ve got a feeling that his primary factors are size of contract and extent of workload, and that he’d be willing to join even a victory-challenged franchise if it means having a chance to be the lead dog again.

Though Kevin Smith is the top tailback in Detroit, he’s currently rehabbing a torn ACL suffered in December 2009.  So while L.T. to Detroit might seem like a crazy proposition on the surface, maybe it really isn’t.

17 responses to “Lions won't rule out LaDanian Tomlinson

  1. This would be perfect for Smith. That kid is a good back and is going to develop just fine, but having LT to share the load with will help. Not to mention this will keep LT from ever getting a Superbowl win which is the goal of everyone.

  2. Can’t see him going there. He always said it was about winning and have a chance at a ring. Going to Detroit would be about the furthest away from a ring he could get. Try New England, the Colts or the Saints. They could all make him work in a complimentary role.

  3. I see this guy in Arizona, sort of like Edge James and E.Smith. He’s a warm weather back. I think he wants to be on the Colts, so he can share with them his hatred of new england.

  4. “Lions won’t rule out Tomlinson?” And I won’t rule out dating Jennifer Aniston or dropping 20 in the next week.

  5. Problem being is that Tomlinson has already said he wants to play for a contender and a chance at a SB.
    That right there eliminates Detroit as a possible landing spot for LT. Seriously, why would you want to play your final years in the league for a team that has bombed for the past decade? He will be on a contender or a team close to contending. I actually could see GB going after him. Minnesota if they lose Taylor, and possibly Indy and New England.

  6. Lions won’t rule out LaDanian Tomlinson. LOL.
    Lions won’t rule out Emmitt Smith at this point.

  7. @ “Problem being is that Tomlinson has already said he wants to play for a contender and a chance at a SB.”
    Except basically he is lying. Because of all the teams in the NFL, there are few in a better position to make a strong SB run than the team he is currently leaving. And why is he leaving? Because he refused to restructure his contract to take a lower salary.
    So he can claim he wants to play for a SB contender all he wants; he can keep saying that until he is blue in the face. But the reality is, he is not all that interested in playing for a SB contender unless that team also happens to be the one that offers him the most $$$. And given that most SB contending teams already have their RB situation in order, that shrinks the pool pretty considerably.

  8. Vikes-N-Favre says: Seriously, why would you want to play your final years in the league for a team that has bombed for the past decade?
    Ask Emmitt Smith.
    JP has it right, as usual with NFL players its all about money, forget the I want a ring BS.

  9. The question is: how excited could LaDainian be about this news?
    Detroit has a long road back. I don’t see any higher profile players electing to sign there.

  10. Tomlinson only has a little left in the tank. He will sign with a team that needs a final piece or two in hopes of winning a championship.
    It would make zero sense for the Leos to pursue this guy, not to mention he wouldn’t be interested.
    The Lions need young talent that they can build around. They don’t need old retreads.

  11. Wait everyone hold on its jus coming in……………. yep make it official lions have given Ryan Leaf a new 7yr. 78 million doller deal

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