The part of the season when daydreaming readers inundate me with questions about Player X coming to play for their favorite team is well under way.
Player X can be a free agent, the subject of trade rumors or someone with ties to the new coach.
At first glance, it doesn't seem like the AFC East would be a likely destination for Tomlinson.
Tomlinson, in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter, said he wants to play for a team with an established, top-flight quarterback.
"I do know that I would have to go to a team that has a [proven] quarterback, a place where you know you have a chance to win because of the quarterback," Tomlinson said.
That eliminates three AFC East teams right there, leaving the New England Patriots as the only club that fits that criterion.
We also need to keep in mind that Tomlinson spent his entire career in San Diego and played collegiately at Texas Christian. A cold-weather destination might be a tough sell for a running back who will turn 31 in June.
The Patriots already have a stable of backs: Laurence Maroney, Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. They probably will re-sign free agent Kevin Faulk. Tomlinson would be more of the same.
Plus, there's no love lost between Tomlinson and the Patriots. He ripped the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick because they "showed no class at all" after the 2006 playoff game in San Diego.
Each of the other AFC East teams has two solid, 1,000-yard capable running backs -- for now.
The Bills learned they don't need Marshawn Lynch after supplanting the troublemaker with the classy and economical Fred Jackson. The Bills would need some backfield assistance if they were to dump Lynch, and Tomlinson is the type of iconic figure -- similar to Terrell Owens a year ago -- who would capture their fans' imaginations.