Monday, February 22, 2010

LT, Anywhere but Oakland

Dear LaDainian Tomlinson, thank you for nine great years in San Diego. Good luck in your future endeavors.

Just do not sign with the Oakland Raiders.
Great running backs finishing their careers in other stops is not just uncommon, it is almost a certainty. Of the NFL’s top 20 running backs of all time, only three have finished their career with the team they started with – Jim Brown, Walter Payton, and Barry Sanders.

So Tomlinson’s departure from San Diego was not so much an uncertainty as it was merely a formality. A rite of passage for being one of the top running backs in the generation.

That being said, please do not go to the Raiders.

Not that there is a fear that LT would regain his 2005 form. Running backs just do not bounce back in their 10th year. But LT going to the Raiders would be a disaster. A train wreck of epic proportions.

But if LT sneaks away to Philadelphia, for instance, then the whole thing will be forgotten like Tony Dorsett playing with the Broncos. Emmitt Smith playing with the Cardinals. Or Ki-Jana Carter with the Saints.

So Tomlinson should avoid make a spectacle of himself, and avoid going to Oakland.
Of course, Tomlinson said that he only wants to play for a team that has a chance to win the Super Bowl and has a solid quarterback.

So we don’t have to worry about him going to the Raiders at all.


Bain said...

He hitting a joint, there? Those guys look like they're passing one around.

I mean, that's what I've heard people look like when they're passing one around.

The Hatriot said...

Thanks, Superman! You saved the day!

Bokolis said...

He being a little presumptuous about his outlook, maybe because a team with a QB will probably find him.

I wonder how he likes New England.

Rest easy; Houston is more likely.

Diane said...

Drew Brees is campaigning to bring LT to NO on twitter.

Works for me.

THN said...

First off, nice pull Hatriot. Although I agree with Bain, I only imagine what it is like.

And yeah, that would be cool if LT could end up in New Orleans. But Bokolis might be right as his options could be very limited.

Fletch said...

Kansas City or Arizona. Those are the preferred markets for RBs heading out to pasture.