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A Look At What Tomlinson Could Provide

Posted by cjsiewert on March 10, 2010 – 7:10 pm

When reports surfaced that free agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson would visit the Vikings this week, many people chimed in on whether or not the 2006 NFL MVP would be a good fit in Minnesota.

Considering that a lot of speculation has been circulating throughout different media outlets on the LT issue, I wanted to use this space to offer an objective opinion on the positives and negatives of the 9-year veteran joining the Vikings roster, if he does indeed agree to a deal in Minnesota

– A good receiver out of the backfield: Tomlinson has posted over 50 receptions every season of his career except for last year, including a mind-blowing 100 receptions in 2003 with 725 yards receiving and 4 TDs.

– Sustainability issues: Tomlinson has carried the ball 2,880 times during his career.  Will the wear and tear on his body after nearly 3,000 carries limit his productivity in Year 10 of his career? In 2009, LT had a career-low in rushing attempts (223) and yards (730).

– Tough workload may be alleviated by secondary role: With the Vikings making it clear that Adrian Peterson will be their #1 back, Tomlinson would be able to keep his legs fresh by coming in for certain situations, such as obvious passing downs and 3rd down scenarios.

– Ego: Just last year Tomlinson proclaimed that he was a better back than Peterson because of his all-around capabilities. In a matter of just a couple of seasons, Tomlinson could go from the best RB in the NFL to not even being the best RB on his team.

– Mentor for Peterson: With 9 years of experience running the ball, Tomlinson could provide veteran leadership for Peterson and also for youngsters Ian Johnson, James Johnson and Albert Young.

Certainly, there are many more factors that will come into play during the Vikings talk with Tomlinson, but it will be interesting to see how team officials weigh-out the positives and negatives.


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39 Responses to “A Look At What Tomlinson Could Provide”

  1. By jbork88 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    if you sign him he will come

  2. By jbork88 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    and bring the most dominate runningback duo in the nfl

  3. By PurpleNurple on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I hope we get LT, he’ll be a great way to fill the void that Chester left. But is there any news on our other free agents? Primarily Ray Edwards. He did a great job at the Left End and we are going to be hurting in another area on Defense if we don’t get him back.

    Fred Evans and Jimmy Kennedy are both important free agents too, as Pat Williams will be needing more plays off the field to rest, and we will need a replacement for Pat after his inevitable retirement at the end of next season.

    If we can take care of these guys, then the draft can focus on DBs and the OL to make our team even more complete than it was last year.

  4. By paul on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    LT won’t play when hurt, does’t pick-up the blitz, is he a team player?
    Lousy last year in SD, cried at his news conference, I think he’s soft.

  5. By TonyNYC on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    LT’s a true Hall of Famer, and always seems to be playing hurt. Only an idiot would question his toughness. Is he a team player? He WAS the team for five seasons, all by himself. Good grief.

  6. By jbork88 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    he says he WANTS to play with favre and peterson. and said he likes what he has seen. according to wcco

  7. By mikillerko on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Getting LT is not something i’m really happy about. He just had the worst season he ever had in his life. An we all know he doesn’t want to be a 2nd option. although he is a great veteran RB, i dont know if I can trust him in pass blocking. Thats where Chester Taylor really did all his work. I really want the Vikings to address the RB position in the 3rd or 4th round of the draft, instead of getting a beat up guy. Hopefully LT can prove me wrong, but as of now, I am not a fan of the Vikings going after LT

  8. By andrew on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    come on to mn a nd win the superbowl

  9. By B - Rad on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I do not think that LT would hurt us at all. I think that the blocking point is relevent, but, he did score 12 TD’s last year. As a 3rd down and goal line back, if he can accept that role, I think would be great! More cache to the offense. Now let’s restock the defense!

  10. By B-Pman on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    All LT needs to do if he signs is hold on to the ball late in games, which peterson cant do

  11. By Purple Heart on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Chester Taylor embraced his role for our offense and did it better than anyone in the NFL. I’m not convinced LT is ready to sit in the shadow of Adrian, nor do I think he will be the durable playmaker that Taylor was. There is alot of miles on his tires and that reflects in his numbers the past few years. If he is signed, who knows, maybe he will be insprired by the opportunity and show us why he is a future hall-of-famer.

  12. By Paul on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I really felt last year LT lost his burst he’s been known for. However, if he’s half as competitive as Mr. Favre, he has something to prove and may find some spring in his step. THe hard part that an interview over dinner can’t tell is how well any player will fully accept a diminished role. Let’s hope for the best for all parties concerned.

  13. By matt on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    hey peterson, tomlinson, favre, wow that should be fun to watch. 09 was great season for vikings going to be hard to beat cause the only way we gonig to beat it is superbowl. all viking fans are going to be expecting way to much i think. even myself.

  14. By Bruce on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t really know if many people know this but LT is the one that defended Brett with the Green Bay debacle. LT really admires Brett which would make him a great backup to AP as well as good for check downs. He has been great in receiving. He would be a great mentor to AP and would creat a double threat in the run game which would open up the pass game for Brett. LT is also a class act and has a good heart. I really like this fit for the Vikings. Taylor was a great RB and will be missed but LT will add to the excitement of this team going all the way. I also think Brett will like this as well. APLT APLT APLT, even sounds good!

  15. By Cooley on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Its got its pros and cons. Favre brings out the best in his teammates and even tho LT would be the 3rd down option, it is a great option. But if the inevitable happens and Brett doesnt decide to return, the Vikings would have more of a running game than they had last year and that might stir up some ego problems between AP and LT

  16. By Thor on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    I have no idea about LT, but I know for a fact that AP has NO ego problems. I met him at training camp last year and for how awesome and respected he was by all the fans there, he could not have been more humble about it. The guy is a class act and hard worker all the way. So if any problems come up, they will be caused by LT. I am certain that the front office is making every effort to address LT’s character and make certain that he will understand his role and be nothing but a good influence in the locker room. That is the only reason we are still questioning whether or not he will be on our team, because our coaches are smart enough to realize that a person’s character matters just as much as the skills he will provide.

  17. By John Reeves on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    if you’ve seen LT’s recent interviews in minnesota, you will know he won’t have an ego problem either

  18. By Bigfan1 on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    LT said he would be happy in a backup role since he wants to run less as he’s getting older. To have AP, arguably the best in the league, and LT possible HOF and MVP rb in the same backfield, whooaa look out. He’s got a great record of holding on to the ball too. I hope it works out.

  19. By boltfan on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Only positives would come from putting ANOTHER future HOF’er in that backfield. I think Brett would really have to think about how reliable that check down pass would be for his stats as well. The Vikes have proven to be the organization to go out on that thin of a limb.

  20. By 612MN on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    I WELCOME LT TO MN.. ILL B THE FIRST TO GET HIS SIGNATURE AT TRAINING CAMP!

  21. By Bowser on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    If AP & LT both believe that Tomlinson is one Adrian fumble away from starting it will push BOTH guys, which is a win-win situation.

    Plus Favre won’t be able to resist the idea of the “two best RB’s of the past decade” on one team.

    And the Vikings will go one more year as the top selling jersey team in the NFL:

    Favre. Tomlinson, Peterson, Allen!

  22. By ao show on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    I HAVE BEEN AN LT FAN ALL MY LIFE. IF HE SIGNS WITH MIN. IT WONT TAKE LONG BEFORE YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS GUY, NOT JUST FOR FOOTBALL BUT FOR HIS HEART OUT IN THE COMMUNITY. EVERY PLAYER WHO PLAYED WITH HIM SAID HE WAS A MODEL FIGURE ON AND MOSTLY OFF THE FIELD TO WHOM THEY WANTED TO BE AS A PERSON. HE WALKS THE WALK! TRUST ME I LIVE IN HIS TOWN, HE DOESNT CARE ABOUT THE SPOTLIGHT. HE IS THE GUY WHO HANDS OUT TURKEYS ON THANKSGIVING TO ANY FAMILY IN NEED AND THROWS PRIVATE DINNERS WITH LOCAL FIRE FIGHTERS AND AND POLICE MEN JUST TO SAY THANKYOU, WITH NO EXPECTATIONS OF ANYTHING IN RETURN, SO AS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS NO QUESTION OF WHAT KIND OF GUY HE IS , FUTURE HOF

  23. By ChargerFan on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    LaDanian Tomlinson is the perfect fit for MN. It won’t take long for him to endear himself to Purple fans in the Northern Plains. It’s a sad time for us here in SD, losing a sure HOF’er and one of the classiest human beings around. He will thrive in your offensive scheme as the 3rd dn option and WILL accept the role. He’s taken a beating since ’06 when every NFL defense made it their priority to stop him. With that load off him, watch his quickness/elusiveness come back. He’s always said stats/records mean nothing to him. It’s all about winning a SB…this is his chance.

  24. By blitz on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    LT is a hungry wolf searching for a title. I think that rubs off on a bunch of linemen who need some extra motivation.

  25. By Chrgrfan on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Something you guys should know about LT and his lack of production last year…our Offensive line was abyssmal at run blocking despite their success pass blocking–no back could run worth a &*it behind our line. You guys, on the other hand, have an excellent run-blocking line with Hutch and others. If LT play for you, you may be happily surprised…

  26. By roger mantor on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    No matter what talent the Vikings bring to the roster
    it will not help until the curse is lifted. Much like the Redsocks.Far too many games lost that we should have won.

  27. By purple haze on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    LT will be a great asset to the Vikes. He is older yes, but also wiser; and can compensate for age by playing smarter than the opposition. He’s still got the fire burning in his gut I’ve no doubt.

    He’s a true professional on and off the field, and although we loved Chester and wish him well, LT too will add another dimension to the Vikes already deep and varied arsenel.

    If you’re ready any of these comments LT, bring it on man, you will make an already good team that much better!

  28. By TW VIKE on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    FIX OUR SECONDARY !

  29. By paul on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Any running back worth his salt, would not be happy with a back-up role.
    Why do you think Chester Taylor left.

  30. By viking in nh on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    what we should have done is sign peppers, can you imagine peppers and allen on the d line?????? the vikes dont get it!!!!!!! we need a defense the offense is fine even if they go get a back later in free agency.

  31. By PurpleNurple on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    I was just listening to an interview of Spielman on the radio, and he seems contempt to trust the draft for most of our defensive needs. He pointed out that the draft is very deep in defensive talents, and that he is confident that injuries will be healed up plenty in time for the new season.

  32. By viking in nh on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    there has to be someone who agrees w/me about the peppers/allen line?

  33. By PurpleNurple on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    viking in nh – I think it is a moot point. Peppers was signed before we could have even offered him a contract. And I’m certain that the Bears were desperate enough that they would have offered him a contract better than we would be allowed to, because of these messed up free agency rules set on the top 4 teams starting (maybe ending as well?) this year.

  34. By Teri on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Oh, and wherever your first game for the season is, a bunch of us plan to travel to that game, with LT jersey’s on and chant, “LT, LT, LT…” like we did for him here. It was talking about that bery thing that got his tears going at his goodbye press conference so we want to let him know we appreciate him so much!

  35. By Teri on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    My first post didn’t take…. I’m a die hard Charger fan and Ladainian is one of the few players I will follow and be a fan of for life. He is that special. If he signs with you guys you will soon find that out as well. He and AP will get along fine. They are both good people and don’t have that kind of an ego where they will be at odds. It will be a good fit for LT and you’ll love to see him do what he does and will love him like we do.

    Best of luck to you guys. Go Purple!!! Glad I like that color!

  36. By still a fan on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    news flash to all you wishfull thinkers,LT got in his limo after spending the better part of two days in minn. and is heading to NY. he wont be back. minn. is the only place LT should have played, but his pride and his ego told him otherwise.He will sign with ny before the weekend is out why? because he wants a chance to stick it in the chargers ass.And he will get that chance in NY. hope he likes playing in that offence, 3 yards and a cloud of dust. we will sign westbrooke and pray his brain can handle the comming season

  37. By Viking Society of Illinois on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    LT PLEASE sign with the Vikes…If you do, I’ll bet Bret will return, and you can get that ring with this team! The Vikes will address the defense in the draft and free agency. And I’m sure you will be involved more than third downs and goals…Go Vikes!!!

  38. By purple haze on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    MOST OF YOU ARE SPOT ON, LT IS NO EGO-TRIPPI’N FOOL, AFTER THE GREAT PRODUCTIVE YEARS, ACCOLADES, MONEY, ETC. ARE ACQUIRED WHAT IS THERE LEFT TO PLAY FOR AT THE END OF THE DAY BUT WINS AND LOSSES.

    THE MAN NO DOUBT HAS GOT PRIDE AND THAT COMES WITH PLAYING WINNING BALL… MINN. IS POISED TO HAVE ANOTHER STELLER YEAR, IF THE FUMBLES STOP, AT LEAST AT CRITICAL TIMES, AND THE DEFENSE GETS BETTER, (DID I HEAR SOMEONE SAY PEPPERS?, (SIGH),

    MINN. VS. NY. IS A NO BRAINER, BASED ON LAST YEAR NY IS TO BE RECKONED WITH, BUT MINN. SAVE FOR THE MISTAKES IS READY TO GO ALL THE WAY THIS TIME.

  39. By Vikingincalifornia on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    I believe if LT sign with the jets .. it will be a true sign that Farve is not comming back .. LT stated that he would love to play with Brett and AD…
    could this be a early sign of things to come ???

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