Chargers cut Tomlinson, where will he go?

22 02 2010

If Donte Stallworth can find a home the next day after being reinstated in the league, especially with his colorful past, one of the best all-around guys and superb running backs in the game won’t go unsigned for long. LT may be 30 but he still has more running, catching and juking still to do in the NFL.

The one of best scenarios for LT is with a team with a solid starting running back that wants a change-of-pace back to rest their hauler while keeping defenses on their toes. You can’t rest on LT or he will break a defender’s ankles on his way to the house. The other is with a team that plans on drafting a stud running back in the first two rounds.

So what are the best options?

Teams looking to improve their running game through the draft that would like to have Tomlinson as a built-in mentor and starting running back threat:

New England, Seattle, Detroit, Cleveland, Tampa Bay

New England is the best shot out of the bunch to give LT a shot at a Super Bowl ring before he retires. But he’s definitely guaranteed solid playing time with the other clubs. The weather in Seattle and Tampa favor his aging running ability, as well as the indoors of Ford Field in Detroit.

Teams with established or young starters that might be interested in a change-of-pace back like LT:

Atlanta, Kansas City, San Francisco, Denver, Arizona, Cincinnati, New York Jets

LT could have the choice of backing up established backs like Michael Turner (there’s irony), Frank Gore or Cedric Benson, or helping young backs like Jamaal Charles, Knowshon Moreno, Beanie Wells, and (depending on what the JETS do with their backfield) Shonn Greene. Atlanta, San Francisco, Kansas City and the Jets are the best options of this group.

And the long-shots (because they already have a solid backfield or just simply wouldn’t fit for LT) are:
Oakland, Dallas, Baltimore, Green Bay, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Jacksonville, Carolina, New Orleans

No one wants to work in Oakland, and LT won’t be that desperate. Dallas, Baltimore, New York, Carolina and New Orleans have no need for LT.

My money is on New England, San Francisco, Kansas City or Atlanta. With the final nod going to Kansas City. And I also predict it will happen sometime in the next two weeks, with the combine in the center. This gives teams a chance to look at the potential talent pool before making a final decision on their needs, and whether or not those needs might include a future Hall-of-Famer in Tomlinson.

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7 responses

24 02 2010
Genna Jean Wittstadt

As glad as I am that the Ravens picked up Stallworth, I do find it ironic that no one has snatched up LT, or now westbrooke for that matter.

24 02 2010
mrpressbox

Teams are going to wait until after this weekend’s combine. They want to get a look at the potential draft options out their before making an offer to older guys like Tomlinson and Westbrook. LT will be signed soon. Westbrook may wait longer. Teams may wait until they can give him a workout before they decide to sign him. Thanks!

25 02 2010
Genna Jean Wittstadt

The combine is going to produce some interesting results; what with Tebow changing his game and now (though not a big surprise) Colt McCoy not throwing.

What do you think about Marshall and where he might end up?

25 02 2010
mrpressbox

I’m assuming you mean Brandon Marshall, and not (stud) Marshall Yanda ….
Brandon Marshall is too much of a beast (when he applies himself) to be jobless long. There are a lot of teams that would love to have a talent like him on their team. Without getting too wordy, I think the top 5 places for B-Marsh to play next year (if not Denver) are:
(in no particular order) Washington, Seattle, Kansas City, San Francisco, Buffalo or New England. Although I doubt the Patriots would want to spend the money its going to take to land him, I think they could handle the “project” after the success with Randy Moss. And what kind of WR line-up would they have with Brady throwing to Moss, Marshall and Welker?
As for the Ravens’ interest in him, I believe it would a tremendous change of strategy for them. Adding Stallworth and Marshall in the same offseason would give them one of the most talented receiver duos. But I am not sure they want to spend the money to add Marshall and the PR team they are going to have to hire to soften the public to adding both Stallworth and Marshall at the same time.
( BTW I deleted about double of what I just wrote to keep it simple. I could on for hours about the possibilities.)
Thanks, Genna.

4 03 2010
mrpressbox

Do you think Brandon Marshall is worth a first round draft pick plus his salary for the Ravens?

4 03 2010
Genna Jean Wittstadt

Honestly…no. I mean he did get first round tender to the Broncos yesterday, and yes he is a great player. But how well will he fit in with Baltimore? He could mold right in with the rest of the guys, but I’m not sure if he’s what our organization needs consistently. I think it’s better to have depth than to just rely on one or two key star players.

4 03 2010
Genna Jean Wittstadt

Honestly…no. I mean he did get first round tender to the Broncos yesterday, and yes he is a great player. But how well will he fit in with Baltimore? He could mold right in with the rest of the guys, but I’m not sure if he’s what our organization needs consistently. I think it’s better to have depth than to just rely on one or two key star players.

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