What are Your Thoughts on LaDanian Tomlinson Signing With the New York Jets?

It’s hard to imagine LT is that far removed from an incredible 2006 season where he rushed for 1,815 yards…113 yards a game average…and a record 28 touchdowns but in the NFL things change very quickly. He’s rushed for just 3,214 in the three years since and his average per rush has dropped steadily over the period. The Chargers for all their lofty league respect, didn’t get to the Super Bowl during his legacy reign but his name will never be forgotten in the game. As Temple3 pointed out in a comment, the Chargers value has exponentially increased during his time there but it’s never personal right? He has been oft injured but cracked double figures in touchdowns each of his 9 seasons. The New York Jets are banking on LT’s experience, professionalism and nose for the end zone will rub off on talented but unproven Shonn Greene. They didn’t want to pay Thomas Jones salary of 5.8 million for the upcoming season, so they let him walk to Kansas City with his 1,402 yards and 14 TD’s.  By releasing the main cog in their NFL leading rushing attack of 2009 are the Jets sending a message to the team or taking a huge risk on cost cutting? I’m sure they see LT catching passes out of the backfield but more importantly, he could be that third down back that adds another wrinkle to Rex Ryan’s pretty much one dimensional offense. Don’t be surprised either way how this affects a team making some mad power moves to move into the NFL elite and stay there under the guise of their young QB, Mark Sanchez.

20 Responses to “What are Your Thoughts on LaDanian Tomlinson Signing With the New York Jets?”

  1. Michelle says:

    Good luck to L.T. He is one of he greatest Chargers of all time. My question is…..WTH are my Niners doing?

  2. Temple3 says:

    The Jets have so many questions at RB that, for me, its impossible to assess the value of this move today. Honestly, we won’t know how strong of a move this is until the Jets second games vs. New England and Miami. Those are the games that will decide playoff seeding. If Tomlinson comes out hot early, it won’t prove anything because he was signed for production in Weeks 15-22.

    Similarly, if Thomas Jones returns to form, I suspect his numbers will be closer to his career averages. For Jones to get to 1400 yards and 14 touchdowns (a career year), it means that some credit has to go to Mangold, Faneca, Ferguson, Woody, Moore and Tony Richardson. Sanchez was the first QB he played with in NYC with the capacity to make deep throws — and that was the difference. To me, the Chiefs X-factor is the ability of big receivers like Chris Chambers and Dwayne Bowe to block in the running game. If they commit to that, Jones and Jamaal Charles could go off. We’ll see.

    The Jets are waiting for Leon Washington to recover. They’re still in the mix for Brandon Marshall. If they sign Marshall, they may move Braylon Edwards. There are still a number of things to be determined with this team. Jets players were quoted as saying they wanted Jones to remain because his intensity was such a big factor in big games late in the season. Brandon Moore talked about Jones getting the line amped up — and that matters.

    LT2 (sure to be his nickname in NYC) may not get the line amped, but he’s an excellent pass blocker and receiver — so, he could make Sanchez a MUCH BETTER quarterback. Either way, Greene cannot go wrong learning from Jones and Tomlinson. If he’s smart, he’ll take the most valuable things from both and make them his own.

  3. Mizzo says:

    Well stated brothaman. I’m getting word the Jets are no longer interested in Marshall. That may be a mistake.

  4. Temple3 says:

    Marshall’s true preference may be Washington or Chicago. With Larry Johnson and Portis in DC, that’s not such an unattractive place to play. Chicago is a given with Cutler and Martz. We’ll see.

  5. GrandNubian says:

    I think Marshall will end up in the ‘Chi’…..

  6. Mizzo says:

    Wish he’d end up at Broad and Pattison.

  7. Temple3 says:

    GN:

    The Steelers resigned Larry Foote.

    Good move. If they had him last year, they would have been better off. It might have cost them the Viking game (Keyaron Fox return for TD), but otherwise, they would have been much stronger overall.

  8. GrandNubian says:

    Wow…..I honestly thought Foote would end up in Arizona (Pittsburgh West).

    I like the move. Foote was solid playing the middle whereas Timmons is still ‘finding his way’.

    One thing’s for certain, they’re are definitely addressing the ‘depth’ issue from last year.

  9. Ron Glover says:

    I’m trying to pick apart the re-signing of Hank Baskett and why is this being passed off as a pickup for special teams and depth at the receiver spot.

    The Eagles had two good young receivers in Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson. Baskett couldn’t break the starting lineup in Indy and they started a rookie and a second year receiver. He uses his height poorly and has no hands – as evidenced in the Super Bowl.

  10. Temple3 says:

    We know what a QUALITY special teams player Baskett has been. I know the Saints absolutely love him. He did more for them than Reggie Bush and Cortney Roby — combined. Great pick up by the Eagles.

    ROTFLMBAO.

    Just a word of caution — the last time the Eagles picked up a guy from the Rams with upside, it turned out to be Kevin Curtis. If you don’t like Curtis, don’t sign off on Amendola.

    I can see why Mizzo is so salty. And to think, Stephen Jackson, Frank Gore and Maurice Jones-Drew could have been rockin’ the green and white.

    GN: I just hope that Dennis Dixon is busting his ass in the film room right now. He needs to be grinding right now and forget about a vacation. GRIND, GRIND, GRIND!!

  11. Temple3 says:

    Now that the Eagles have made an offer to Mike Bell, I’ll take them off my $hit list. It will be interesting to see if the Saints let him go.

    Now you guys can FINALLY run and score touchdowns in the Red Zone! There ought to be a parade if the Saints don’t match.

  12. GrandNubian says:

    I guess it all depends on what the Saints plan to do w/ Bush. If they want to keep Bush, they may let Bell walk.

  13. Temple3 says:

    $8M is a lot of cheese for a #2 back.

  14. Temple3 says:

    They should keep Bell and trade Bush to the Eagles. LOL!

  15. GrandNubian says:

    LOL…..now that’s funny. :-)

  16. Temple3 says:

    The last time the Eagles went down this path, they drafted a brittle fumbler in Buckhalter. This should work out better.

  17. HarveyDent says:

    Just read about the Mike Bell offer today and I like it. Team him with Shady McCoy and Weaver clearing the lane for the both of ‘em and the Eagles should be able to get the hard yards they haven’t been able to the past few seasons. The caveat is as long as Reid and Morningwheg know when to make the right call and go to the gritty, snot-blocking offense that’s needed from time to time in championship football.

    Hoping and wishing the Saints don’t match.

    I’ve been moving so I haven’t had a chance to post but what in the blue blazes is up with Peter King campaigning to get McNabb traded from Philly this offseason? I know #5 gets no respect from the MSM and a vocal minority of Eagles fans but King took it to another level with this column.

    Here’s the link:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/03/14/mmqb/index.html

  18. HarveyDent says:

    T3

    I wouldn’t say Buck was brittle just more unlucky than anything else with three knee injuries because when he’s been able to get past those he’s been a solid backup especially his last two seasons in Philly. If the playcalling hadn’t went away from him the Eagles wouldn’t have had to go after Thomas.

    Westbrook and brittle though is another matter. Tough player and I enjoyed him as an Eagle but he was the epitome of injury prone.

  19. mizzo says:

    They ran him way too much fam….

  20. Temple3 says:

    Buckhalter made plays. I liked him and wished that it had worked out differently, but HD, you’re right on…it’s all about whether or not Morninwheg and Reid want to bring the wood. They didn’t learn the Alstott Lesson (FB’s Fumble in Playoffs), so I’m optimistic.
    ——————-
    “Dennis Dixon! You’re on the clock”

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