New York is a good spot for Tomlinson

March, 14, 2010
3/14/10
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Good for LaDainian Tomlinson. He is going to play for a team that wants him. He deserves that.

The Jets best Minnesota to get the former San Diego superstar tailback to sign. After being jettisoned in San Diego, it’s nice to see Tomlinson be valued elsewhere in the NFL.

Tomlinson, 30, has clearly lost a step and he is nearing the end of his career. But he will be a backup to young star Shonn Greene in New York.

The Chargers felt like they needed to start fresh and that’s why they said goodbye to one of the best players in franchise history last month.

Tomlinson landed on his feet nicely. He said he wanted to go to a contending team with a settled quarterback situation. The Jets appear to be one of the league’s best teams and second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez is in solid standing.

He has a chance for happiness in New York. Tomlinson deserves happiness.

Ironically, Tomlinson’s last game as a Charger was against his new team. The Jets stunned San Diego 17-14 in the AFC divisional playoffs. Tomlinson had just 24 yards on 12 carries in the game. His poor performance was the final straw in San Diego’s decision to cut him. The Jets and Chargers do not play in the 2010 regular season.

His new teammate, Greene, may have an awkward moment ahead with Tomlinson. After his game-deciding touchdown in the playoffs, Greene imitated Tomlinson’s signature pose-and-ball-flip touchdown celebration. That move burned many Chargers fans.

Seeing Greene and Tomlinson’s share the load with the Jets could burn San Diego fans again as Tomlinson chases a Super Bowl ring.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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