It appears that LaDainien Tomlinson is open to serving as a 3rd down back for the Minnesota Vikings, should a deal be worked out. It was not clear whether being a second fiddle to a running back who is now considered among the top two or three in the league. Tomlinson is not even close to what he once was, but still has plenty to bring to the table. I still feel Chester Taylor was the perfect spell to a starting Adrian Peterson, but LT in Purple might work.
Asked by Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune whether he’d accept the role of third-down tailback in the Vikings’ offense, Tomlinson said, “I don’t [have a problem with it]. I know I can catch the ball really well out of the backfield, can run routes and that’s something that I’ve always looked for as I got older in my career. Being able to fall back on that. Not having to carry the ball as much. I think that’s what was lost in San Diego because I was the only guy that could really carry the ball 20 times. So my third-down role was reduced. So now I’m looking for that. It’s something I can do and I can fit in well.”