Tomlinson agrees to deal with Jets
Start spreading the news: Running back LaDainian Tomlinson is headed to New York after agreeing in principle to a two-year deal with the Jets.
Financial terms were not immediately available, but a league source said Tomlinson chose New York over Minnesota because of:
The Jets are not getting the Tomlinson who broke or matched 28 Chargers records during his career. He turns 31 in June and is coming off a season in which he set career lows for carries (223), yards (730) and yards per carry (3.3). But Tomlinson believes his decline in production each of the past three seasons is largely a function of the change in emphasis, with Turner running the offense through QB Philip Rivers.
In New York, Tomlinson will back up and mentor Shonn Greene, a bruising second-year pro who came into his own late last season. Tomlinson is expected to spell him in passing situations and on third-down and help fill the void from Thomas Jones' release. Jones ran for 1,402 yards and 14 TDs last season, but the team released him because it didn't want to pay the nearly $6 million in salary and bonus that Jones was scheduled to earn this year. Jones has since signed with Kansas City.