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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