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Tomlinson Decision Could Come Soon

Posted by cjsiewert on March 13, 2010 – 6:05 pm

After meeting with team officials from the New York Jets on Friday, free agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson is expected to return home to San Diego and make a decision on what team he will sign with as early as this weekend, as reported by Mark Craig of the Star Tribune.

[UPDATE]: According to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Tomlinson has indeed returned to San Diego.

Tomlinson’s first visit to a prospective team came on late Wednesday night and Thursday when he visited with the Vikings.  It was perceived that the 2006 NFL MVP was impressed with what the Vikings had to offer but wanted to hear the sales-pitch from other teams before making his final decision.

One might assume that Tomlinson does indeed want to sign with the Vikings given their prospective chance of reaching the Super Bowl, but don’t count on it just yet.

The NFL is a business and many different aspects come into play during negotiations with team officials, players and their agents.  Tomlinson appears to be weighing-out his options between the Vikings and the Jets, while he has also been linked to making visits to Philadelphia and New Orleans next week.

Be sure to check back with vikings.com as we will be sure to update you on any news involving Tomlinson and other free agents.


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59 Responses to “Tomlinson Decision Could Come Soon”

  1. By Brian on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    Tomlinson would do much better in Minnesota @ he would help Peterson with his fumbling problems. He would be a good addition to the Vikings

  2. By Scott on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    L.T. would certainly be an upgrade from Chester Taylor, especially with his pass catching skills. Don’t let this guy get away Vikings!!!

  3. By southernvikingfan on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    Great addition to an already spectacular team. Come on LT next year is the championship you’ve been waiting for

  4. By southernvikingfan on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    Great addition to an already spectacular team. Come on LT next year will be the championship you’ve been waiting for

  5. By PurpleNurple on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    I’d just like to hear about this Tomlinson thing nice and quick. One way or the other, whatever he decides on I’ll be happy so long as he doesn’t “Favre” on it for much longer. I’m sure I speak for many other fans when I say that this issue is getting ALMOST as annoying as the whole Favre question was last year. Either way I am sure that we will be just fine with our second running back, and I think we may even be better off if we give Young a shot.

  6. By Joe on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    Youmg dpes deseerve a shot. Id like to sign Tomlinson to a one year and if he completly flops then give Young a chance. You never know till you you give him a chance. Still, I would really like to sign LT so he can hel Adrian.

  7. By purple08 on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    LT’s career is over. Chester Taylor would have been better. Please don’t compare LT’s situation to LORD FARVE’s. Farve is a putz who will keep us waiting as long as possible only to fall short delivering once again. The guy has won 1 superbowl and people call him the greatest player to ever play the game of football. It is embarassing. Give your heads a shake idiots.

  8. By Vikesfan78 on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    Wow, purple08 you are a real keyboard warrior aren’t you.I’m glad you are around so u can tell us how to think and feel about the situation. Get a grip.

  9. By rap99 on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    08 YOU SAID IT, HE HAS WON A SUPERBOWL!!!!!! I want to know what that feels like, and favre is our best chance to get there.

  10. By Bruce on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    You think Purple08 is a Packer Fan incoqnito? Let me educate you Purple08. Brett has more NFL records than any other QB to play the game in the history of the NFL. He won 2 NFC Championships and a Superbowl. He won more games in the 16 years he played with Green Bay than any other QB has in the history of the NFL. He led the Packers to 15 winning seasons out of 16. He averaged 12 wins per season over those 16 years. Any team in the NFL would kill for that record. He has the longest consecuitive start of any player. His interception record is misunderstood as well. Although he has the most interceptions, people don’t realize that he also has the most attempts of any QB to ever play the game. His career interception ratio (This is the one that really counts because it shows how many interceptions per 100 attempts a player throws) IS BETTER than 25 Hall of Fame Quarterbacks including players like Fran Tarkenton, Bart Starr, Roger Staubach, Terry Bradshaw & Johny Unitas to name but a few! Yes, Brett Favre has thrown less interceptions per 100 attempts than these Hall of Fame players listed as well as 20 other Hall of Fame quarterbacks! Brett Favre has managed a BETTER career interception ratio in spite of the fact he is a known gunslinger and has been known to take the difficult throws. Brett Favre is also one heck of a leader who plays the game like it is suppose to be played. SO YES, I would consider him the BEST QB to ever play the game when you consider all the tangibles, all the records, all the sats, all the wins and all the heart and soul!

  11. By Bruce on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    And I think Tomlinson knows what a privelage it is to play with someone like Number #4. I know I would love to catch a few spirals from him if I had the chance :)

  12. By BOB on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    It has nothing to do with Favre.

    LT has claimed he’s the best back in the league. Last year his stats slouched. Playing alongside AP could do a couple of things.

    Revitalize those sinking numbers. And even without big numbers we all can see difficult runs. Like 3rd down conversions and the like. A nice friendly competition could be good for both him and AP. AP for hanging on to the ball and LT for moving it.

    Here’s a chance for the old guy to prove he’s still got his stuff and in the process actually help the team get the yards we need.

  13. By Andrew P on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    I hope L.T. joins our team, with our running game as good as it could be with Peterson and L.T. we could leave defenses guessing. Here’s to L.T. joining our impressive backfield and the GREATEST Quarterback ever Brett Favre!!!!

  14. By Coolio on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    All you vikes fans go to victoriusvikes.webs.com That is exactly how its spelled. PLease become a member. It is updated often and is the ultimate viking fan site. Other than here of course . I like LT

  15. By Bryan Freese on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    I hope L.T. signs, he’d be a great mentor to A.P. and is still a great back. If I’m Rob B. I’d tell him the weather we’re having now is as cold as it gets, just flib a little.

  16. By Walter on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Do any of you dolts know how to read, the article stated Tomlinson is intent on winning a super bowl. You don’t win with MAYBE having a QB, LT will not come here!!

  17. By Will on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Make sure Vikings to sign Ladainian Tomlison. He would make a good addition to the team.

  18. By secondnature815 on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Purple 08 is an idiot, he can’t even spell Brett’s name right. He obviously doesn’t no anything about football. He just wants a little cheese to go with his wine! A packer backer for sure.

  19. By D on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Both MN and the Jets would benefit greatly having LT on their roster and both teams would give LT a good chance of getting that ring he so greatly desires. The bottom line is LT has to do what he thinks is best for he and his family but I believe his class and experience would be a perfect fit for MN. I think the MN attitude & lifestyle would be a closer fit to what he is use to in San Diego as oppose to the NYJ (just ask Farve). I do think though as long as Farve is undecided, there is less motivation for Tomlinson to come to MN.

  20. By Bruce on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Walter, I’m almost positive Favre is coming back. The only reason he retired in the first place was because he didn’t feel wanted and some people started make to make him doubt himself.. He knows the Viking’s Organization, the players and fans want him back. Besides, his immediate comment to Jay Leno sure made him look like he wasn’t ready to hang it up.

  21. By PurpleNurple on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    It just may be that Brett has already made his decision and informed the team on a confidentiality basis. I’m sure some of his more recent sponsorships (*BEST BUY*) would prefer that he keep that reputation for being “undecided.”

  22. By B$ on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Look at this offens A.P. and L.T. Brett Favre (Who will be back) Sidney Rice, Bernard Berrian, Visanthe Shiancoe, Percy Harvin, Steve Hutchinson. If L.T. does sign all the Vikings need to do is bring in some experienced Offensive Linemen. The offense has all this potential with these players but how can you get them the ball or expect A.P. to do what he does if you dont give them a little time. If The Vikings want L.T. to join they also have to help the line. And draft a good CB so when Winfield retires or comes out of his game or another injury you have a good solid young guy to help take off a little pressure from the rest. Also sign another Backup MLB Brinkley is not the guy to back up E.J. Henderson. In my oppinion E.J. is one of the top 5 linebackers in the NFL and we have seen the last 2 years what happens to the Vikins defense without him. If they adress these things the Vikings would by far be the best team in the NFL. The Vikings would then finnish what the started and the Saint wont be given the game again even if the refs miss calls again. SSUUUUUPPERRRRRRRRRRRRRBBBBBBBOOOOOOWWWLL!!!!!!!!

  23. By jeremy on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    it would be pretty awesome to get LT, but i’d be happy if the vikes would make any move in the free agent market!! come on the bears and lions have done alot in a week to help there teams.. what have the vikes done? re-sign benny sapp, and sign a kicker?? i love this team but come on do something to get me excited!!

  24. By Cody on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    B$ I completely agree with you! Exactly what we need. I hope the coaches and the rest of the fans are thinking along those same lines! That is th winning recipe for the Vikes.

  25. By Jeff on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Lets give Albert Young a shot, I think he would surprise. Get more young fresh legs on the field! And don’t get me wrong, I would love to see AP and LT in the same backfield, but if LT doesn’t come, it’s no huge loss.

    Skol!

  26. By Mike on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Jeremy, the Vikings have done nothing in FA because the new rules for FA in an uncapped year has limited the Viking’s activity to a stop as long as the Vikings do not lose any player to FA as an UFA. This is because the Vikings were one of the last four teams standing last year in the playoffs. Now that the Vikings have lost an UFA (Chester Taylor) to FA, the Vikings can now move and make a play on a player up to the contract amount that Chester Taylor received from the Bears. That said, the good free agents are now mostly gone so the Vikings have to tread carefully to make the best decision with the one chance that they have.

  27. By Milkman on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks for the explaination MIke. Adding LT and Favre coming back will make for a fun season to watch.A Blue Chip right guard in the draft would`nt hurt either.GO VIKES!!!!!!

  28. By Shannon on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Vikingfans let’s chill on the he’ll favre us or what ever with the retirement. He was 39 years old turning 40. Now he’s 40 he won’t flake on us he’ll make his mind up and report to camp. Leave it alone till July.

  29. By MAN-LAW on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    As a source close to Brett Favre situation, Brett said that if the Vikings were to sign L.T. and Terrel Owens and added to the O Line, he would come back for his 20th and final season.

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  31. By alby -state of SOUTH JERSEY on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    As far as I’m concerned, LT can go to spain–It’s like this either you join the Vikings or get run over when we meet you on the feild. We’ve got enough talent on our team and we’ll be okay. So he can stay in San diego and throw sardines at the dolphines in Sea World. G O V I K I N G S!

  32. By kris on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    awwwwww man! the jets?? really thought we’d get him. that stinks.

  33. By kyweaver on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1, Now the vikes don’t have to worry about that washed up has been getting injured

  34. By PurpleNurple on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Okay, so our top choice in free agency has gone another way. It’s time to start courting someone else – either a defensive back or an offensive lineman – and make use of the little leeway that we have in free agency. Meanwhile, start getting Abert Young ready to step into the backup RB role.

  35. By Vahallaforever on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Well we don’t have to worry about L.T he ‘s reportly signed with the JETS!! nice job upper management for letting another quality, healthy veteran slip through the Viking system. Apparently Speilman,Childress and Bevels are more concern about who they want and not the Viking fans!!!! oh how this goes your way to sign B. Westbrook who will take one hard hit in the head and major concussion, out for the season!!!!! Nice job, once again upper management! don’t know anything about signing free agents or wine and dining them!!! Should I mention W.R, Cinn.T.J!!! After visiting with Vikes upper management signs with Seattle!!???

  36. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    I told you….L.T. to the jets…….he is only worried about money! He knows he can’t go on and become a on the air type! Have you heard this guy speak….not real brite…….like going with the Jets, who’s QB will go through a HUGE sophmore slump…like every QB before him……Jets will not even make the Playoffs ! With that being said, I guess this team and it’s handlers must think that we need no improvement……….REALLY! We lost our back-up RB…we have no secondary….STILL…….and if Favre makes an annoucement that he isn’t coming back…..this team and it’s upper management has alot of explaining to do!!!!! because we will end up third in our own division!

  37. By kyweaver on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    doubt it, even if we did get tomlinson and favre retired, we wouldn’t have done anything anyway. maybe favre DIDN’T want tomlinson because he was going on about albert young being a good RB and a good back up

  38. By jbork88 on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    wtf oldschool? THIRD? we won the division in 2008 WITHOUT FAVRE and WITH the 4th hardest schedual in the NFL. i’m not saying we will do well in the playoffs without him but we will not be third.

  39. By Robin S. on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    I am sorry that LT went to the Jets. We have the best quarterback but maybe the Jets will play him more. I don’t know why we had to lose Chester! Good luck Childress. Do some great things so that we get Brett back. He shouldn’t have to do so much. We love Brett! He is the best!

  40. By marcus on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    i think vikes still got some good choices left to work with! there are 3# good back in mind left? Willie parker ,brian westbrook and justin fargas or the top choice left of the free agents what ya’ll think?

  41. By jbork88 on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    i say go for parker, westbrook gets too many injuries

  42. By Purple on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Missing out on LT hurts…he could have added the dimension we lost with Chester. What I would like to know is what the plan is this off-season…we have to get some kind of key addition. Thought Ziggy was in it to win it….buy the guys man! There is no way we are as competitive as last year with our divisional defenses beefing up and us not doing anything.

  43. By jbork88 on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    there are still plenty of options and the draft has yet to occur, you people are treating tomlinson as if he was the difference between a superbowl or not. even if we got him he would have been a downgrade from taylor. they need offensive lineman, a replacement for pat williams for when he retires next year, and to improve their secondary. the running game is one of the last things the need to worry about right now except for peterson fumbleitus. remember, he is only in his thrid year, going into his fourth, so he was plenty of time to improve. I am sure the coaching staff will drill that into his head this offseason. L.T on paper would look good but he is WASHED UP. and why he went to the jets any is odd becuase he would be thrid string if washington dosn’t return.

  44. By kyweaver on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    I agree they should look at wille parker from the steelers. much better option than tomlinson since he isn’t as prone to injuries

  45. By Bruce on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    MONEY TALKS and you can be sure the Jets offered more. The Vikings are too cheap to keep guys like Sharper and Chester. That’s why they lose them.

  46. By Bruce on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s hope Young is a great back and perhaps we need to fix the O-line? Hire Mark Tauscher, he is a heck of a tackle!

  47. By kyweaver on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    SHARPER? HAHA! when sharper was with the vikings they were one of the worst againts the pass. there was a reason the let him go. But yeas Mark Trauscher would be another good option. young should be given a chance.

  48. By jbork88 on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    isn’t tauscher still under contract?

  49. By jbork88 on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    he is so i guess that be a good option wuold it?

  50. By paul on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Bruce, GB resigned Tauscher.

    Does Minnesota ever develop there own talent?

  51. By kyweaver on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    not since the 70’s paul, not since the 70’s.

  52. By jbork88 on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    or the 90’s. but even chris carter came from the eagles

  53. By Alex P. on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    maybe the should un-retire robert simth eh? so he can back up peterson

  54. By Canadian vikes fan on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Whatever LT. You better learn how to tackle since that’s what you’ll be doing after Sanchez throws all those picks with you in the backfield. Also have fun getting stuffed by the Williams Wall when you play the Vikings this season. Good luck in New York..

  55. By Bruce on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    I guess the Vikings are going to wait until all the worthwhile free agaents are gone :( Come on, you can’t get everyone from the draft people! Sign a really good tackle or really good safety. I’m fine with Young playing behind AP. Brett seemed to think Young is pretty good and Brett knows talent. If you ask me, the Vikings should be asking Brett for some advise as far as getting players. 1) He does know talent after playing 20 years 2) Even if he isn’t ready to give an answer, the Vikings can just say they would like his opinion on the matter. That way it will make him feel even more obligated :))

  56. By Paul on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Can’t blame LT for taking the top dollar, but we still have some options. The only option I’m not as enthused about is Westbrook. By all accounts he’s a great person, (AND cousin to the Gophers basketball player). But head injuries are scary, and it does make him more questionable. Besides, I’m tired of every Eagle re-tread rolling through Winter Park. WE STILL LOVE GREG LEWIS THOUGH! Other options, Albert Young the Vikes see what this guy has daily on the practice field. DON’T forget, thats how John Randle earned his place on the team. Outside Minnesota I do like what Willie Parker can do, he looks fast just drinking Gatorade. If Tauscher is available, possibly Favre has trust in his skills in the line. McKinnie had an unusual season last year that has me baffled. Kevin Mawae has been reliable, besides then our center-QB combo could pump up the purple with the AARP members across this country.

  57. By Tee -Vikings n NYC on Mar 15, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikes are fine ,LT isnt a blocking back anyways and went with jets cause he is familiar with the system and the jets have the best OL in the game right now (think adjusted yards)and he gets to play against his old team. We need to get better on D in the secondary(draft) and need another MLB and a RT to protect the old man. Favre is the Brad Pitt of football,he will be back this year….tooo much money is at stake and he is more famous now then he was 10 years ago.

  58. By GW on Mar 15, 2010 | Reply

    I am glad the Jets got him. We need to add players that we can use to improve the team long term. Everyone seems to be banking on Favre return and the superbowl which would be great. But what if Favre does not come back or worse yet gets hurt early we are in trouble. I agree we need some critical defnesive players and better QB protection. But, we need a young franchise QB to lead this team in the future. If AP continues his fumbling again this year we are going to really regret leaving Chester Taylor go. Perhaps franchising him would have been the way to go if we are looking for the superbowl win next year. That is easy for me to say because i am not signing the checks. Sometimes the answer to questions are right under our noses. Pehaps we should have given our young RB’s some game time to see what they can do in a game situation.

  59. By paul on Mar 15, 2010 | Reply

    ALEX P Smith was a stud, so was Foreman

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