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Childress, Spielman Talk Tomlinson

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 10, 2010 – 5:53 pm

Many times when a free agent visits with a prospective NFL team, said team doesn’t allow said free agent to leave the building without a contract. With free agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson visiting the Vikings this week, some are under the assumption that the Vikings and Tomlinson won’t part ways until a deal has been reached.

But both Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress and VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman, while speaking with reporters at Wednesday’s University of Minnesota pro day, didn’t sound as if they were operating under such an assumption. While they are no doubt interested in the idea of adding Tomlinson to their roster (which is why they’re visiting with him), they’re just as insistent that they do their homework before making a decision.

“We’re just going through our process,” Spielman explained. “He was a guy out there that we felt was a viable option and we’ll go ahead and have him come in; we’ll visit with him and just see where things are. It’s just a normal process that we go through.”

Among the topics that will likely be addressed during Tomlinson’s visit, aside from money and length of contract, are surely Tomlinson’s specific role in the Vikings offense and as a veteran on a team that went 12-4 last year along the way to the NFC Championship Game.

“I think probably he’s coming in and touching and tasting us, and we’re doing the same thing to see where his mind’s at,” Childress, who talked to Tomlinson on Wednesday, said. “It’s a little bit of both. Does the situation fit him? I’m sure he wants to know what our vision is for him. And then our sense for him. Will he fit? From a mindset standpoint, from a physical standpoint, from a system standpoint.”

Childress indicated that part of the Vikings decision-making process as it relates to Tomlinson is to turn to resources who might be familiar with the 5-time Pro Bowler, such as LB Ben Leber (a teammate of LT’s in San Diego), G Steve Hutchinson (who shares an agent with LT) and also Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner.

Both Childress and Spielman commented on Wednesday that LT has gas remaining in the tank, even after a 9-year career in San Diego that saw him carry the ball 2,880 times. If both sides like what they here this week while meeting with one another, LT may be driving the rock with Peterson for the Vikings in 2010.


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12 Responses to “Childress, Spielman Talk Tomlinson”

  1. By Nam Huynh on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Tomlinson is already in MN. Will have dinner with Vikings’ officials tonight. (Wednesday)

  2. By jbork88 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    sign him, if he won’t fit in minnesota he won’t fit anywhere

  3. By teetmn on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Chester Taylor, a very underrated RB was a huge disappointment going to the Bears…watch out Forte. LT is a great fit as he can challenge and push AP for the RB position teaching him how to hold the rock better. Make it a 2 year deal with a fair but not over price. It all depends on how he feels about a back-up role, from a positive viewpoint he can redeem himself by playing hard and bringing this team a much needed superbowl. AP/LT split back formation…dangerous and efficient.

  4. By BIG L 1966 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    He may have lost a step but he had one to lose. Sign him

  5. By Tim on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Sign him for 3 years. The more the vikings can get out of free agency the more they can focus their efforts on drafting high quality players even if that means trading some picks to move up. Even if they do sign LT they might be able to draft a late round RB to add depth for the future. Also, having the backup RB issue out of the way opens the door for drafting a franchise quarterback, DB’s and a DE to compliment Allen. LT and AP would feed off of each others aggression, motivating each other to be the best RB tandem in the NFL.

  6. By blitz on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Jersey sales will go through the roof again. Get it done.

  7. By Clete on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Its a no-brainer,, the Vikes need a good back to share time with AP,, and where can you find a better one than LT ???

  8. By Brent on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Please sign him, He is the best thing out there after losing Chester Taylor. I think a super bowl is very close we just have to pull our pants off the ground and wipe away our tears and move forward. I think the opportunity has now presented itself now lets jump on it. GO VIKES.

  9. By richard m. murrieta on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    i think that we should sign L.T. and immediately put him in the backfield with A.P. With a one two combination like these talented backs I see a super bowl in our future for feb 2011. L.T. can provide leadership as well as experience and talent. He would compliment A.P. and could help him further develop in to a hall of fame back. he could help him with better ball control. also he would be an added benefit to brett favre, should he decide to return in 2010. Go vikings!

  10. By lucas b on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    we need to sign LT and MARK MY WORDS WE NEED TO GET ERIC DECKER! HE MAY HAVE BEEN INJURED, BUT HE IS RIDICULOUS.. ONLY WEAPON GOHPERS HAD AND HE’d BE A GREAT BUILD UP FOR A HARVIN DECKER RICE TRIFECTA.

  11. By Bruce on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    APLT APLT APLT APLT!!! dual run threat, Brett shreds the defense!!!

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

    Without secondary help, everybody shreds us !

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