Six Places LaDainian Tomlinson Should Play If He Wants A Ring

Zeke FuhrmanAnalyst IIIFebruary 23, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers stands on the field during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New York Jets at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Every athlete dreams of winning a championship.

In a statement issued by future Hall of Fame running back Ladainian Tomlinson after his release by the San Diego Chargers last Monday, LT said that winning a title is his number one priority.

Winning a title is about the only thing LT hasn't done in his phenomenal career. The 2006 NFL MVP set an NFL record with 31 touchdowns, and currently ranks third on the all-time list in that category.

He ran for over 1,100 yards his first eight seasons, and has never had fewer than 10 touchdowns in a season.

He is a five-time Pro Bowler, three-time First Team All-Pro, and has helped turn a losing franchise into a legit title contender.

But LT has hit the dreaded age of 30, the age when the average running back starts to decline.

But LT is not an average back, and could still be very useful to several NFL teams.

Here are six of them:

New England Patriots

The Pats rushed for almost 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. They signed a ring-seeking Corey Dillon in 2004 and granted his wish, so the precedent is there.

But with four running backs on the roster (Lawrence Maroney, Sammy Morris, Fred Taylor, and Kevin Faulk), it may be hard to get LT enough carries to keep him happy.

Philadelphia Eagles

The end of Brian Westbrook is probably coming sooner than later, and the Eagles could use LT to take his carries behind LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver.

Miami Dolphins

LT is dangerous in the red zone. He can either pound it up the middle, or he can roll out and pass the ball. LT has thrown for seven touchdowns in his nine-year career.

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano likes to run the Wildcat offense and LT's versatility could be a critical missing piece to making the Wildcat a legit threat in the NFL.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts were ranked dead last in rushing yards last season, and adding LT would add another dangerous weapon for Peyton Manning and the Colts' offense.

Minnesota Vikings

Unless the Vikings are able to re-sign Chester Taylor, the Vikings offense will have a gaping hole in it. Taylor adds versatility that All-Pro Adrian Peterson cannot offer (i.e. catching out of the backfield, holding on to the ball).

LT can do that, and could be a pivotal third-down back for the Vikings. The only question is if AP and LT could coexist together. The two have had an ongoing argument about who is the NFL's premiere back.

New Orleans Saints

Could a possible Drew Brees/LT reunion be in the future? Hopefully.

Brees and Tomlinson were teammates from 2001-05. In fact, Tomlinson was San Diego's first pick in the 2001 draft, and Brees was the team's second pick.

And where better to go than the NFL's top offense and reigning Super Bowl champion of you want to contend for a championship?