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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
After writing my last post where I envisioned LaDainian Tomlinson with the New Orleans Saints, I picked up the phone and called an expert.
I dialed Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc., and asked for his thoughts on how Tomlinson might fit in New Orleans.
"That situation would be interesting because they already have two guys established in place,'' Williamson said. "Pierre Thomas is pretty good and can carry a good load. Reggie Bush is going to get his 10 touches or somewhere around that. I like Tomlinson's knowledge of the passing game and he could help make a very good passing game even better. You could get both Tomlinson and Bush on the field in some passing situations. Put Bush in the slot and mix Tomlinson into the backfield and that's a pretty nice combination with the wide receivers they already have.''
But Williamson isn't sold that New Orleans is the perfect spot for Tomlinson.
"I don't know if he wants to be a spot player,'' Williamson said. "I don't think he's a difference maker at this point. Would they be a better football team with him? Yes, but I really don't think he's a difference maker.''
Williamson pointed to Tomlinson's production last season. He carried a career-low 292 times and averaged 3.6 yards per carry during a season in which he was banged up.
"The thing we don't know is just how hurt he was last year,'' Williamson said. "The Chargers know and he knows. But the rest of us don't and there's no way to find out. If wasn't hurt that bad, then he's done because he didn't show much of anything last year. If he was pretty hurt, then there's a chance to get back to what he was. But I don't think he'll ever be the Tomlinson of old.''