LaDainian Tomlinson Signing with the Indianapolis Colts a Possibility?

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIMarch 9, 2009

LaDainian Tomlinson coming to the Indianapolis Colts to be paired with Peyton Manning? Well, there is nothing wrong with being optimistic.

Just when I would have sat back and thought, "No way," MSNBC lists the Colts as the second-best team to utilize Tomlinson's talents in the event that he does not re-sign with San Diego.

Here is the excerpt from MSNBC's latest article:

With Dominic Rhodes on the market, the Colts need a tailback who can share the load with Joseph Addai.

The fact that L.T. and quarterback Peyton Manning share an agent (Tom Condon) could help to grease the skids.

The challenge, however, will be to come up with the cap space to satisfy Tomlinson's demands. Moreover, L.T. might want to exhaust all opportunities to be the go-to guy before agreeing to split touches with another ball-carrier.

Now, lets not get ahead of ourselves. I do not realistically expect to ever see Tomlinson in a Colts uniform.

Right now, we do not have the cap space needed to secure Tomlinson's services.

If he decides not to sign with San Diego, I expect the pay cut to be a factor in his decision. I'm certain that Tomlinson feels that he deserves to be paid elite money for his elite services.

The Colts drafted Joseph Addai in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft and are not about to give up on a player who was a Pro Bowl selection back in 2007. We also are the most notorious team in the entire league when it comes to failing to sign foreign players.

The combination of such factors would make the possibility of signing Tomlinson to be a very long shot.

If they ever did decide to make a move in his direction, I feel that it could have major positive implications. I have long been an advocate for Tomlinson's talents and I feel that he would have the potential to prosper within Indianapolis' sophisticated offense.

It would also enable him with the opportunity to finally win that Super Bowl ring.

Since Tomlinson and Manning share the same agent, wouldn't it be interesting to see them structure a deal where Manning could take a pay-cut to secure Tomlinson's signing?

He worked out a similar deal to keep Edgerrin James years ago, and I wouldn't be shocked to see him do something similar if he felt it would help his chances of winning another Super Bowl.

Even with that being said, I feel that the possibility of the Colts signing Tomlinson might be a bit out of range at this point in time.

Still, there is nothing wrong with keeping an extra eye open in the event that something remarkable might happen.

If it were up to me, I'd at least entertain the possibility.