Jets solidifies hope for Superbowl trophy with signing of Tomlinson
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From the San Diego Chargers, National Football League running back LaDainian Tomlinson is now an official member of the New York Jets after the former signed a two-year deal with his new team.
The entry of Tomlinson, a reliable running back and certified former star of the Chargers will further boost the roster of the Jets as they hope to get another Super bowl trophy in the next season of the NFL.
The signing of Tomlinson is also surprising since it was the Jets who eliminated the Chargers during the AFC championship game the past NFL season.
A 2006 NFL Most Valuable Player, Tomlinson decided to sign with the Jets since he believe the team has it takes to win the NFL prized plum this year.
Tomlinson said as the newest member of the Jets he is willing to play whatever role the team's coach Rex Ryan will give him.
The former star player of the Chargers is also willing to take the supporting role and be the back-up of second-year running back Shonn Greene, who emerged in his rookie season and made Thomas Jones expendable. Jones signed with Kansas City last week after running for a career-high 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The 31-year-old star running back said in this state of his career he is now willing to accept whatever roles the team will offer him to ensure the Jets gets their aim for a Superbowl trophy in the incoming NFL season.
Before eventually signing with the Jets, Tomlinson had earlier visited the Minnesota Vikings.
The past NFL season had been a forgettable year for him as he experienced 730 yards his first season under 1,000 on 223 carries for an average of 3.3 yards per carry, all career lows.
He scored 12 touchdowns, but his role was reduced in an offence that shifted its focus to quarterback Philip Rivers and the passing game.
Despite his bad NFL season, he's still regarded as an excellent route runner and superb receiver, two qualities that made him attractive to both New York and Minnesota.
Jets star quarterback Mark Sanchez is happy and excited with the signing of Tomlinson since he believe the veteran NFL will help them achieve greatness in the next NFL season.
Tomlinson was taken with the fifth overall pick in 2001 out of TCU, and immediately became a star as he helped the Chargers become a perennial playoff contender.
The running back's 138 career touchdowns rushing rank second in NFL history, and his 153 total touchdowns rank third.
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