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Tomlinson Explains Decision To Join Jets Over Vikings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 17, 2010 – 12:55 pm

Last week Vikings fans spent time wondering if and when their team would sign free agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson. The future Hall of Famer visited the team on Wednesday night and Thursday and by all accounts had a very positive visit.

Then he was off to New York, where he apparently had another great visit. Eventually he flew back to San Diego to make a decision, and that decision was to play with the Jets rather than the Vikings.

So the early part of this week Vikings fans have spent time wondering why LT choose the Jets over their team. Well, we can wonder no more. Tomlinson spoke on the radio Wednesday with Dan Patrick and explained the reasons for his decision.

Tomlinson made it known he desired to join a team with championship potential. Both the Vikings and Jets played in conference championship games in 2009 and both teams appear to be heading for another successful season in 2010. Even though LT says he could have taken more money to play in Minnesota, there was another factor that had more influence.

“With the Jets, I know the offense,” Tomlinson said. “I know (offensive coordinator) Brian Schottenheimer. I enjoy being around Rex Ryan. So it was just a better fit.”


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32 Responses to “Tomlinson Explains Decision To Join Jets Over Vikings”

  1. By Alex on Mar 17, 2010 | Reply

    what an idiot, can’t wait to see him all beat up after the vikings finish playing against them next year.

  2. By Lenny Spitz on Mar 17, 2010 | Reply

    It seems that Rex is really our 12th man. All the players seem to love him and so do newly aquired players…..I pray for his health for he will lead us to the Super Bowl…

  3. By Purple Heart on Mar 17, 2010 | Reply

    He didn’t want to sit in AP’s shadow. We don’t need him. He will be watching us from his couch on Super Bowl Sunday.

  4. By SIRVIKING on Mar 17, 2010 | Reply

    LT IS NOTHING BUT A TRUE SELL-OUT … IM A FAN TILL THE END ALL THE WAY FROM SAN DIEGO… TRUST ME WHEN I SAY THAT WE CAN DO BETTER THE WAY THE TEAM ALREADY IS ….. GO VIKINGS AND THANK CHILDRESS FOR NOT WASTING THAT CASH ON A “PLAYER” LIKE LT!

  5. By paul on Mar 17, 2010 | Reply

    Thank #4 for LT’s jetison to the Jets.

    Just wait, it’ll only get better.

  6. By jbork88 on Mar 17, 2010 | Reply

    whatever you say paul

  7. By Stellarex on Mar 17, 2010 | Reply

    What a freaking looser!

    Have fun taking handoffs from a Sanchez!

    See you at the super bowl

  8. By Levi on Mar 17, 2010 | Reply

    Psh he just didint want to ride the bench to AP

  9. By drunken master on Mar 17, 2010 | Reply

    AP is the man he dont need LT the vikes will figure something out for a 3rd down back I think as long as Farve comes back we will be ok.

  10. By Paul on Mar 17, 2010 | Reply

    Familiarity with a system is huge. Look at how quick Favre adjusted, and how he struggled to call plays in NY. This is one of the reasons the Vikes give every washed up Eagle a shot, same system. “WE STILL LOVE GREG LEWIS THOUGH!” Instincts make a huge difference. The Jets gave up Thomas Jones to pay LT though, hmm. One had 1,400 yards the other 700. Familiarity, really does make a difference, why do we hear Donovan McNabb rumors to Minnesota? Why aren’t they shipping him to Detroit? Same system. Why did Kyle VandenBosh leave Tennessee a team that will go far in the playoffs for Detroit? Same system, more money, and his love for Eminem.

  11. By Alex B. on Mar 17, 2010 | Reply

    Well he wanted to go to a championship team, and he changed his mind apparently, big mistake Tomlinson, should of played with us, puto.

  12. By PurpleNurple on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    Both Vikings and Jets are Championship teams. Tomlinson had a tough decision to make – join a team that lost the NFC Division Championship or join a team that lost the AFC Division Chamipionship. There is no doubt that Tomlinson is nearing the end of his career and wants a ring before he hangs up the jockstrap. So both of these teams are top choices. On one side, you have a team that BARELY lost to the team that won the Superbowl. On the other side, you have a team with a GUARANTEED quarterback, arguably the best offensive line in football, and one that insists on running the ball MUCH more than passing. With this in mind, it sounds like LT made the right decision. There is no guarantee that either team will even make it into the playoffs, much less the Super Bowl. But outside of the Superbowl, LT will be getting much more of what he wants out of the Jets than the Vikings.

  13. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    Hey L.T………..Did you think of this one…….I wonder what kind of yesr Sanchez will have his sophmore season…..? Not a good one….just like every QB before him….your a idiot! Just like I said…he went for the money! L.T., you are not even going to make the Playoffs!!!!!

  14. By Old # 4 on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    we are better without him.

    Brett is worth 2 of him

  15. By Old # 4 on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    nothing is guarnateed, I’d take a chance on Brett than a sure thing in Sanchez any day

  16. By PurpleNurple on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    OLDSCHOOL – You’re an idiot. If you read this blog you would see that Minnesota offered him MORE money than the Jets did. He went where he thought he would be used more and have a better chance at succeeding.

  17. By kevin on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    PURPLE,..you are correct!! LT will be playing behind the best line in the league.There’s a reason Jones had 1400 yards. I bet LT rushes over 1000 and greene rushes well over 1500 this year.If I was lT ,..no offense but thats where I would go,..more runs and a system he knows. Good luck LT,..just not against us in the superbowl!!!!!!!!

  18. By guest on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    check out my video for Brett Favre to come back one more year!

  19. By JamesDaViking on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    LT just tell everyone the truth. You didn’t want to play behind Peterson, that’s why you went to NY. Can’t wait till the Vikes smash your washed up butt this season.

  20. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    PURPLENIPPLE………………………..YOUR THE IDIOT!!!!!!! Do you think the player and the agent look at just the bottom line of what the contract has on IT…in terms of money? YOU IDIOT……………………………..PLAYERS AND THEIR AGENTS ALSO LOOK AT THE MARKET THEY ARE GOING TO PLAY IN AND THE MONEY PULLED FROM THE ENDORSEMENTS THERE…………YOU IDIOT!!!!!!!! Sometimes when people are having conversations Purplenipple….they can be complex….and layered….it’s what adults do……..YOU DON’T KNOW SPORTS OR FOOTBALL……….L.T. WILL BRING IN MILLIONS IN NEW YORK WITH ENDORSEMENTS THAN HE WOULD IN A TOWN THAT WON’T EVEN BUILD A NEW PLACE TO PLAY IN!!!!!!!! HMMMMMMMMBIG MARKET NEW YORK OR MINNESOTA????HMMMMM IDIOT!!!!!

  21. By Romey Rome on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    That was the worst decision he has ever made in his life. He just wants to shine instead of sittin in the shadows of the great A.P. Tomlinson is washed up. He shouldve just retired, that woulda been a much better decision than the Jets. We dont need him we’re stacked anyway!

  22. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    PURPLENIPPLE……….DOES THE TERM “BIG PICTURE” MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU? OR HAVE YOU NOT COVERED THAT IN CLASS YET? CIRCLE YES OR NO OR MAYBE !!!!!!!! LOL ! IDIOT!

  23. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    DO YOU REALLY THINK HE HAS A BETTER CHANCE OF SUCCEEDING IN NEW YORK….THAN THE VIKES…….BEHIND A SECOND YEAR QB….LIKE I SAID BEFORE PURPLENIPPLE………..I THINK IF YOU PULL 100 SPORT WRITERS, YOU WILL FIND MORE WILL HAVE THE VIKES GOING TO THE DANCE THAN THE NEW YORK JETS….JUST ON THE PROBLEMS THAT ALL SECOND YEAR QB’S HAVE!

  24. By Purple Heart on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    Just as I said Romey Rome. If it was truly just about the best opportunity to put a ring on his finger- he would be a viking right now.LT was “the man” and I believe in his mind, he thinks he still is. I’m sure chilly was honest with him, and LT deep down wasn’t willing to accept he is no AP and his role would reflect that. I think LT believes he can challenge Shon Greene for more carries. In any case, I’m totally cool with the outcome and will look forward to kicking their a$$ in their new stadium.

  25. By paul on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    I take it you viking fans are the sameones that hated farve for 16 years and now you love him.
    You all were lovin LT, begging him to sign with the vikes and when he signs with the jets now you all are hating him.
    fair weather fans/band wagon jump on’s, you all have one thing in common
    you are not going to kick anyones ass and surely the vikes won’t not on the road,. did you all forget about the BEARS last year at soldiers field.

  26. By PurpleNurple on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    Paul, you really love being a Jacka$$, don’t you? What kind of trhill do you get from classifying such a big group of people in such a poor light? I personally wasn’t loving LT one bit. I would have liked it if he signed, but the hype about the whole thing was completely overblown and annoying. I had the same feelings when Brett was on the wire. In both instances, I was more happy by the fact that it was over than the result of either one.

    But speaking of bandwagons, I think I hear Mr. Rogers’ trolley coming along the tracks. Why don’t you go jump back on that instead of trying to create enemies. You do realize that your actions on here make many people classify ALL Packers just like you, right?

  27. By PurpleNurple on Mar 18, 2010 | Reply

    Oldschool – I honestly doubt that he will be getting considerably more endorsements simply because he is in a bigger city. The biggest endorsements are made for worldwide companies, such as his current one with Nike, or Favre’s Sears and Wrangler endorsements.

    Speaking of a “PULL” (I’m sure you meant “poll”?) of sports writers, remind me what the majoirity of sports writers were saying about the Cowboys @ Vikings matchup? They’re not always so great with the foresight, are they?

    And just one suggestion: you really ought to make sure you understand the meaning of big words like “your” before insulting somebody else on the grounds of intelligence.

  28. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 19, 2010 | Reply

    Purplenipple, do you really think the money offered was so drastically different that L.T. needed to “Pull” a few national contracts to make up the difference?! It was also a problem of a multi-year contract –vs- a one year deal. Bottom line, I stated on this site………more than a week before he didn’t sign…..that I believed L.T. was a bad idea! So I could care less about L.T… The big picture, if we can’t figure out our secondary…….figure out where our Offensive Line went the second half of the season, in regards to pass protection and opening up running lanes…we will not even win our division….and we all know we need Home Field more than any other team in the NFL while trying to navigate our way to the SBl.

  29. By yeah on Mar 19, 2010 | Reply

    haha wow well we didnt really need another veteran hopefully we get a young guy and farve comes back if we improve our coverage we will have and unstoppable Defense just like our offense

  30. By paul on Mar 19, 2010 | Reply

    purplenurple, there really isn’t any reason for you to referr to people as idiots, jacka$$ just because you don’t agree with there blogs or correcting them on there spelling.
    You also hear Mr. Rodgers trolley, thats great because its going all the way to the super bowl. Hop onboard and enjoy the ride
    One more thing, LIGHTEN UP AND HAVE SOME FUN…

  31. By VikingFreak on Mar 19, 2010 | Reply

    I actually think he would have been good in a leadership role, but we dont need him because AP is AMAZING!!!!!! I mean, he has everything a running back needs, and next season when he gets his fumbling under control, he will be DOMINATE!!! and jbork88 get a life, u have commented on every bog i have seen

  32. By OP on Mar 22, 2010 | Reply

    i would rather have lt than ap. atleast he holds onto the ball. yea ap is great but fumbles loses games even with his great running….shouldnt have let go of chester

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