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Friday, February 26, 2010
Black and Blue all over: LT and Bears

By Kevin Seifert

If sentimentality plays any role, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune, LaDainian Tomlinson could be a good fit in Chicago.

Bears Hall of Famer Walter Payton was one of Tomlinson's first football heroes. He named his dog "Sweetness," and his personal trainer calls him "Walter" during conditioning work for motivation.

As Haugh writes, the Bears should only pursue Tomlinson if it's on their terms. And that means Tomlinson recognizing he is no longer a feature back, and accepting a secondary role behind Matt Forte. That role could still have exceptional production, especially in new offensive coordinator Mike Martz's passing game, but would require a career realization that Tomlinson probably hasn't made yet.

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