A #21 will once again headline the a team for the Big Apple. LaDainian Tomlinson has agreed to play for the New York Jets, ironically the same team that vanquished his old team in the playoffs.
The New York Jets declined, we’re told, the ability to match the two-year, $5 million contract that running back Thomas Jones signed with the Chiefs.
They matched that number and added $100,000 in order to get LaDainian Tomlinson under contract.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Tomlinson’s two-year deal has a base value of $5.1 million. The contract includes an additional $500,000 in escalators.
So what were they thinking? Jones rushed for 1,402 yards in 2009, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Tomlinson, in contrast, gained only 730 yards with a per-carry clip of 3.3 yards.
I am not sure what LT still has in the tank, if anything at all, but he is certain to putt butts in the seats.