Vikes Or Jets: Which Is The Better Fit For LT

Tony TuckerCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball against the New York Jets during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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There is no question that LaDainian Tomlinson is a Hall of Fame running back.  There is also no debate that LT has lost a step in the past couple years.


After the emotional release of LT from the Chargers many wondered where would he fit in and what role would he assume?


Recently two great opportunities opened up for the aging veteran.  The Minnesota Vikings lost Chester Taylor to the Bears in Free Agency and the New York Jets lost Thomas Jones to the Kansas City Chiefs.


LT is currently being wined and dined by the Vikings and is reportedly going to New York on Friday to meet with the Jets.


Which one of these teams is best suited for LT to contribute and possibly win a Super Bowl?


The Favre-Tain of Youth


Last Season Brett Favre signed with the Vikes and had one of the best seasons of his career at age 40.  Favre helped the Vikings get within one game of the Super Bowl.


Oddly enough Favre played the previous season for the other team in question, the New York Jets.  Favre struggled in the Big Apple due to injury but also really never fit in the image of New York City.


Favre and Tomlinson are both country boys and although LT played in a big city like San Diego, it has to be the most laid back of all the big cities.


Tomlinson would have the benefit of playing in a great offense and backing up Adrian “Slippery Tips” Peterson.  With the exit of Taylor there is almost no competition for the second spot.


Not to mention that LT’s old body would be guaranteed eight games inside of dome.  We all know how the body reacts to cold weather when it ages.  If you don’t, go to Florida or Arizona and check out the large over 60 population playing badminton and bingo.


LT Could be Number Three


First year Head Coach Rex Ryan and QB Mark Sanchez were also one game away from the Super Bowl last season.  That would be in large part to the No. 1 ranked defense in the league.


The Jets cut ties with Jones after rushing for 1,400 plus yards and are now going to count on youngster Shonn Greene to carry the bulk of the load.  It shouldn’t be a difficult transition for him, I could run through the holes the Jets O-Line creates.  Hell, I could get a Chevy pickup through some of them.


The biggest conflict for LT playing on the Jets has to be that they also have third down specialist Leon Washington.  Washington has shown in the past with the proper number of touches he can do some damage. 


Washington is also considerably younger than LT in terms of NFL years.  Washington is currently a restricted free agent and likely will be back on the jets next season.


There are plenty of carries to go around if Greene and Washington struggle on a team that runs about 65% of the time.  If those two dominate this season then LT could almost disappear except for garbage time.


The last thing I want to see is LT holding his shoulder pads like a kid clings to his backpack waiting for the bus.


Two HOF(ers) go out Super Bowl or Bust


I see LT having the most fun, impact, and success on the Vikings.  Not only would he be able to relate to the old gun slinger, but pass along some of his knowledge to another great back to follow him.


I believe that Viking fans would love him and he would embrace a much better fan base than he ever new in SD.  Sorry, San Diego is great place to be, but they suck as sports fans.


Playing for the Vikings will slightly increases his chances of playing for a Super Bowl as opposed to the AFC.


If LT and Favre played on the same team I wouldn’t be surprised if Madden came out of retirement for one game.


The Jets are a nice second option, but the Vikes is where it’s at!  Add a few DB’s and LB’s to the defense and LT could go out hoisting the SB trophy.


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