Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson had a busy week on his free agent tour and ended it by going to dinner with Jets head coach Rex Ryan, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and other team brass.
In the end, it looks like Tomlinson is in an Empire State of mind.
Sunday night, Tomlinson's agent Tom Condon confirmed to The New York Daily News that his client had indeed signed a two-year contract with the New York Jets worth $5.2 million, but can increase to $5.7 million with incentives.
Other sources had stated the contract was worth $5.1 million, with an incentive booster to $5.6 million.
"He wanted to go to a team that he thought had a chance to compete for the championship," Condon told the AP. "He wanted to go somewhere where he had a chance to have a significant role, and so with the Jets he also was going to be very familiar with the offensive system."
Tomlinson will join a Jets rushing offense ranked No. 1 last season. He will take a backup role behind second year running back Shonn Greene, who assumed the starting running back job when the Jets released Thomas Jones early last week.
The 2006 NFL MVP will now join a few familiar faces on his new team, defensive back Antonio Cromartie and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer
Cromartie was traded to the Jets on March 4 for a conditional second- or third-round pick in the 2011 draft.
Schottenheimer was the Chargers quarterbacks coach from 2002-05, and Tomlinson is familiar with the Jets offensive style.
Although Tomlinson turns 31 in June, and is coming off one of his worst seasons production wise, the Jets decided to take a gamble on him. He rushed for 730 yards on 223 carries, averaging 3.3 yards per carry. He also scored 12 touchdowns, all of which are career lows.
Tomlinson looks to help the Jets capture the one thing that has eluded him the most, a Super Bowl title.
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