By Josh Katzowitz
While Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor and Rams cornerback Al Harris say they are retiring for sure, Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson isn’t certain about his next move. He’d like to stay in New York (as would Brian Schottenheimer!) and play for at least another season, but if he doesn’t get an offer from a team he likes, he says he’ll retire.
“I’m going to wait and see what happens,” Tomlinson said, via the NY Daily News. “I would love to keep playing, but if the situation is not right, then I won’t. This possibly could be my last game.”
That doesn’t mean he HAS to play with Rex Ryan’s squad next season. But to suit up for a team like the Rams or Jaguars, um, no thanks.
“I played this game a long time,” he said. “I don’t want to go to someone that’s going to lose every week. That’s not going to be fun.
“If it is my last game, I’ve enjoyed 11 years of playing football. Playing a kids’ game. Two great organizations. Obviously being here the last couple of years, I’ve really enjoyed my time here… The fans have been great. My teammates have been great. The coaching staff. There’s nothing I can complain about.”
The Jets running game, the vaunted “Ground and Pound,” has been relatively weak this season, ranking 22nd in the league in rushing yards. Tomlinson, following a surprisingly good season last year after the Chargers determined he was out of gas, hasn’t been as effective this season. He’s suffered from knee problems, and he’s only carried the ball 64 times for 224 yards and a score (he’s also caught 38 passes for 426 yards and two more touchdowns).
At this point, it doesn’t seem likely the Jets would bring him back for another season, which means Tomlinson, just like Taylor and Harris, very well might be seeing his last action this Sunday.
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