LaDainian Tomlinson RB NYJ Mar 26 '12
Free agent LaDainian Tomlinson says he's open to playing in 2012.
"Obviously I'm a free agent and I'm still open to playing," he said. "I am just taking my time through this free agency stuff just continuing to explore my options and make a decision here on my future depending on my options, so I'm excited about the future either way it goes if I continue to play or if I don't." Tomlinson hasn't drawn any known interest in free agency, and looked near the end in 2011. If he finds work, it will be as a pass-catching third-down back.
LaDainian Tomlinson RB NYJ Mar 19 '12
GM A.J. Smith indicated Monday that San Diego will not pursue former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson and WR Kassim Osgood.
"We have moved on years ago," Smith said of Tomlinson. "We wish him the very best in his search for the team he feels is the best fit for him. We are looking at four backs right now but we may slow down that search a little bit." Of Osgood, the always brusque Smith added, "Kassim wants to be a receiver and that just is not going to happen with us."
LaDainian Tomlinson RB NYJ Mar 08 '12
Free agent LaDainian Tomlinson revealed Thursday that he still wants to "continue to play" in 2012.
Although he contemplated retirement immediately after the season, Tomlinson believes he's still a "viable option out of backfield." The 33-year-old won't be back with the Jets and could struggle to find a role as a passing-down specialist after running on fumes for the majority of last season. Perhaps he could rejoin Cam Cameron in Baltimore as Ricky Williams' replacement.
LaDainian Tomlinson RB NYJ Feb 14 '12
ESPN New York expects free agent LaDainian Tomlinson to retire.
Tomlinson looked out of gas for most of his age-32 season, and if he doesn't choose to retire by himself, the decision could be made for him in the form of lack of interest on the open market. If LT does return for a 12th NFL season, it will be as a strict passing-down specialist.
LaDainian Tomlinson RB NYJ Feb 03 '12
Jets owner Woody Johnson doesn't hold LaDainian Tomlinson negative post-season comments against him.
Tomlinson said the locker room was as bad as he's seen in the NFL. "LaDainian's amazing. I hold him in the highest [regard]," said Johnson. "Everybody was frustrated at the end of the season. We won't hold him accountable for that." Turning 33 in June, Tomlinson is still unlikely to return to the Jets as a free agent.
LaDainian Tomlinson RB NYJ Jan 18 '12
In a Showtime interview, free agent LaDanian Tomlinson unloaded on the Jets' 2011 locker room, calling it "as bad as I've ever been around, honestly."
"Something happened in the third or fourth week of the season ... and nobody knew because the players kept it under wraps," said Tomlinson. Asked if he believes Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes can coexist, Tomlinson replied, "Whew, that is a tough one. I would really have to sit down with them and see." LT2 defended Sanchez's work ethic, but said he believes the quarterback is "pampered." Tomlinson is not expected back with the Jets in 2012.
LaDainian Tomlinson RB NYJ Jan 06 '12
Free agent LaDanian Tomlinson acknowledged Friday that he is considering retiring this offseason.
"I am contemplating retirement," said Tomlinson, 32. "That's what I told my coaches and told my agent and everybody. ... This is the first time in my playing career that I've actually honestly thought about this may be it for me." Tomlinson said he'd be open to return, but conceded that it's possible no teams will want him. The Jets want to get younger in the backfield.
LaDainian Tomlinson RB NYJ Jan 02 '12
Impending free agent LaDainian Tomlinson reiterated that he'll retire if the right "opportunity" doesn't present itself.
Tomlinson wants to play for a contender and wants more than the veteran's minimum salary. The Jets figure to move on to Joe McKnight as their third-down/change-of-pace back, so Tomlinson will likely be on the hunt for a new team. He averaged just 3.7 yards per carry this season and will be 33 in June.
LaDainian Tomlinson RB NYJ Jan 01 '12
LaDainian Tomlinson rushed 11 times for 56 yards and added four catches for 23 yards against the Dolphins in Week 17.
In what may have been his final NFL game, Tomlinson led the Jets in rushing and totaled 79 all-purpose yards. Earlier this week, the 32-year-old suggested he would retire if he doesn't land a job with a ''suitable contender,'' and indicated he would refuse to sign for the league's minimum salary. In 14 games this season, he finished with 280 yards on 75 carries for an average of 3.7 yards per attempt.