Another Chance For Tomlinson; Will He Make Much of a Difference

Chris Dela Rosa@chris_deezyContributor IMarch 15, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers sits on the bench in the final moments of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New York Jets at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Jets defeated the Chargers 17-14.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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With all eyes looking on the NCAA tournament and the upcoming NFL Draft, one large piece of news flew right over everybody's head; the signing of LaDainian Tomlinson with the New York Jets.

Tomlinson met with the Jets on Friday after not making a deal with the Vikings and going into Friday night, it was unclear whether or not Tomlinson would be playing for the Jets during the 2010 season.

All questions were answered when Tomlinson signed a two year deal worth 5.2 million dollars.  After a career low season, Tomlinson was released by the San Diego Chargers last month, coming a couple of months after their season ending loss against the Jets during in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Tomlinson who will be 31 years of age in June, is looking to bounce back from his worst season, even though he was 8th in the league for touchdowns scored.  Because of his success from last year, Shonn Greene will most likely be the starter at the running back position. with L.T. as a backup the run game that was going to be lacking some power after the release of former Jets running back Thomas Jones. The Jets have not indicated the percentage of snaps each player will receive, but with Greene as a starter Tomlinson will not be expected to replicate his tremendous rushing seasons that he had with the Chargers. 

Along with Tomlinson, the Jets have acquired Antonio Cromartie from the San Diego Chargers, who will play opposite of Darelle Revis.  Safety Brodney Pool from the Cleveland Browns has also been added to the Jets roster, Pool will be filling the void left by former Jets safety Kerry Rhodes who will be playing with the Arizona Cardinals.  Another acquisition made early last month was former Dallas Cowboys kicker Nick Folk.

During this season, the Jets have not only improved their number one defense, they have begun to improve their offense which has a tremendous offensive line, improving quarterback, and spectacular receiving tight end.  All of this and the excitement of a new stadium, put together is making the Jets begin to seem like heavy favorites in the AFC East this season and perhaps a Super Bowl contender.