Written By: Adam Poedubicky
According to multiple NFL sources, the Jets have reached a contract agreement for 2-years with LaDainian Tomlinson. The deal, which has disclosed terms, will most likely be very incentive-based, based upon the number of carries, yards, and touchdowns Tomlinson scores.
Tomlinson is a 5-time Pro Bowler, the 2006 MVP, and a running back on the 2000’s All Decade Team. Tomlinson will replace Thomas Jones on the Jets, who rushed for 1402 yards and 14 TDs, both career highs.
Instant Analysis: Although the financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, let’s hope that this deal is for less than $5.8 million dollars per year (which is very, very likely), because that was what Thomas Jones was set to make this upcoming season. Although LT is a year younger at 30 and is a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the wheels have simply come off the bus. Last year, he averaged a career-low 3.3 YPC. It was the first time he hasn’t broken 1,000 yards in his storied career.
On the bright side, he will not be expected to be much more than a backup to Shonn Greene, who dazzled in the playoffs and prompted the front office to release Jones in the first place. LT should be good for ten touches a game, which combined with Shonn Greene and a potentially healthy Leon Washington, could be the best rushing game in the NFL, again.
My only question is, with the uncapped year, and TJ nearing his peak and LT nearing his final resting place, why would the front office not spend the extra $3 million on Jones? I previously applauded the Jets for releasing Jones, but replacing him with LT is like replacing a car with 100,000 miles with a truck with 120,000 miles; it just doesn’t make sense.
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