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Childress Discusses Tomlinson’s Visit

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 12, 2010 – 8:38 am

It’s been a busy week for Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress as he’s continued to touch every area of his football team in an effort to improve the roster heading into the 2010 season. Earlier this week he was at the University of Minnesota’s pro day, then toward the end of the week he was part of a large Vikings contingent that spent time with free agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson in the Twin Cities and he’s also surely focusing some of his attention on the trial involving Pro Bowl DTs Kevin Williams and Pat Williams.

Even with all of that going on, though, the Vikings head coach took some time out of his Friday morning to speak with KFAN’s Power Trip Morning Show, which is hosted by former Vikings long snapper Mike Morris.

The topic receiving the most attention during Friday morning’s visit was Tomlinson’s visit over the past couple of days. With Chester Taylor having bolted town for the Chicago Bears, the Vikings have an open spot on the depth chart and Tomlinson is widely considered to be a great fit in that role.

LT came into town on Wednesday evening and left late yesterday afternoon for his next visit, which is with the NY Jets. While typically it’s bad news for a prospective free agent to visit and then leave town without a deal, Childress indicated that conventional thinking in that regard might not apply in this specific scenario.

“A lot of times when you only have one [team] involved, the agents don’t like that game,” Childress said. “A lot of times they take them and create the atmosphere that there’s want somewhere else. And there may be in fact want somewhere else. Something to drive the deal.”

Childress said Tomlinson gave others his word that he’d visit them before signing somewhere and the head coach also said that Tomlinson is “a man of his word,” so perhaps it’s not surprising that the 5-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer will make at least one other stop during his time on the market.

While Tomlinson was here, though, all indications are that the RB was impressed with what he saw and heard. One would think the presence of QB Brett Favre on the roster – or not on the roster – would be a factor in Tomlinson’s decision, but Childress mentioned another member of the Vikings team actually spoke with LT while he was visiting.

“I actually put him on the phone yesterday with Adrian,” Childress said. “They were able to talk for a little bit down in (RBs) coach (Eric) Bieniemy’s meeting room. I think there’s a tremendous admiration of one toward another.”

Ultimately, given Tomlinson’s specific circumstances at this point in his career and given how the Vikings feel about LT, a union between the two seems like a solid fit and one that would advance both parties agendas – reaching and winning the Super Bowl.

“We had a great visit with him,” Childress said. “Obviously he’s been in one place for a good, long period of time and had a great run. But he’s got some things left and one of the things that absent is an opportunity to win that ring and get it on his finger. He’s been close and I’m sure he’s looking for teams that he feels like have a chance to get him close again.

“I really look at it as a guy that if we were fortunate enough to get him, we would have a 1 and 1A. He understands that dynamic. But he can do all the things that he needs to do in this offense. “


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22 Responses to “Childress Discusses Tomlinson’s Visit”

  1. By the horned norseman on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    sign l.t. & DON’T let j.kennedy get away….for cryin out loud!

  2. By the horned norseman on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    whats the deal with greg lewis? didn’t this site report he was one of the first to re-sign with minnesota?

  3. By mikewobschall on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    Yes, Greg Lewis re-signed here.

  4. By Bruce on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    Lewis doesn’t get enough credit, he’s a solid receiver and doesn’t drop the ball

  5. By Alex on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    why does nfl network say he greg lewis isn’t signed and that the vikings lost him?

  6. By PurpleNurple on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    Greg Lewis wasn’t given the chances to prove how solid of a receiver he might be. He only caught 7 pásses for a total of 64 yards (9.14ypc) outside of that amazing TD catch he grabbed to save the day against the 49ers. It very well could be that he was a one hit wonder, but the fact of the matter is that either way, we have plenty of quality receivers on the team already.

  7. By Zeeshan on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    LT…………….beastttttttttttttt

  8. By paul on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    Is it true that when LT spoke to AP,AP dropped the phone?

  9. By jbork88 on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    1 and 1A? plzzzz sign with jets, it would be a total downgrade for the vikines to give the ball to tomlinson as much as peterson. not to mention thee riffs if could create within the team. and no paul ap did not drop the phone

  10. By Sheila on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to see LT come on board. I think the team would click pretty good and we all know Favre will be back, no doubt in my mind at all!!

  11. By KanVike on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    LT was once a great player. He’s on the downside of his career, although still a capable running back. But it sure sounds like the organization is pretty high on Albert Young. There are needs we have other than running back right now. The focus should be on secondary help first.

  12. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    L.T. is going to the Jets……………..he only cares about the money….you watch!

  13. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    Like I have said before, I have never liked L.T., he is not a great team guy….cry baby when things are not going right! We don’t need him!

  14. By Randy Krause on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    work on secondary please

  15. By Pual A, on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    Hey OLDSCHOOL! what if he does decide on the vikings? you going to keep bashing him then too?

  16. By Torin Madry on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    i don’t think LT will in minnesota in 2010

  17. By kyweaver on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    why not? he left the jets without a contract and the only reason he talked to the jets was becasue he promised he would even before he visted minnesota. and the only reason he stayed an extra night is because there were no flights to san diego that night.

  18. By kyweaver on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    plus, lt wouldn’t be backing up greene, he would be a thrid string runningback behind leon washington. i don’t know what the worthless jets would offer him but remember he said he was wowed by the vikings and could see himself playing for them.

  19. By alan page fan on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    I know, it was indeed a fluke they made the playoffs, if the colts hadn’t pulled their starters they would never have been able to get in.

  20. By Rickey on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    FORGET ABOUT LT!!!. He ONLY cares about getting a ring to help with his own legacy, not the vikings. He could care less about the fans and the teams history so long as he wins a superbowl. he is going into the hall of fame as a charger. I say let him go to the Jets.

  21. By PurpleNurple on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    Rickey – don’t we want a Super Bowl too? I DEFINATELY am going to go after the guys who are in it to win as many Super Bowls as possible long before the guys who only play for the money! OR even before the guys who only care about their own stats, whether that be rushing yards, tackles, interceptions or touchdowns.

  22. By vikescot on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    L.T> will and is a JET because he wasn’t sure Brett was coming back!!!!!!!!! Just like how we lost Housh (WR from Cinn) he was not gonna sign w/ a team w/o a VIABLE QB !!!!!!! These guys are on the down side of their career and do not have the time or desire to leave their careeer to a maybe show QB…..Hate to say it but Brett has cost us valuable options as well as being a 2yr Quick fix…I am afraid of what Cutler is gonna do w/ Chicago now that they have some new rec. and our own Chester who will spill his INTELECTUAL PROPERTY on the VIKES weakness (plural) Less than good Of. Line, AD fumblitis, incredibly poor off. play calling (via poor coaching 12 in the huddle in N.F.C. Champ game w/ ball …. I can not even finish it is so pathetic to think about that again…All the ribbing we Vike fans are gonna take for that FIASCO is mind boggling…Still …”will BRETT play or won’t HE….” The saga continues…. Chicago is goin to be our biggest threat w/ Greenbay right behind em !!!!!!!!

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