Tomlinson Picks Jets as AFC West Gets Busy

If Sunday is intended to be a day of rest, the AFC West didn't get the memo. Three of the division's teams were involved in significant transactions on Sunday, headlined by former Charger LaDainian Tomlinson agreeing to a deal with the Jets.

LaDainian Tomlinson figured if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Tomlinson agreed to a two-year deal on Sunday with the New York Jets -- a team that has eliminated the Chargers from the postseason twice in the last six years -- according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Tomlinson joins a backfield that also features second-year back Shonn Greene and do-it-all back Leon Washington.

Tomlinson will not face San Diego this year unless the Chargers and Jets collide in the playoffs for a second consecutive season. The Chargers and Jets will play in 2011, so L.T. will play his former team if he plays out his full two-year deal.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson
Tomlinson is coming off a season in which he set career-lows in rushing yards (730) and ypc (3.3). He was limited to 20 receptions after finishing with at least 50 every year prior.

Tomlinson hopes to be invigorated playing behind an offensive line that paved the way for the No. 1 rushing attack last year (172.2 yards per game). He will also be reunited with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who was in San Diego for some of L.T.'s finest days.

Tomlinson's new deal was not the only major news out of the AFC West on Sunday. The Denver Broncos acquired QB Brady Quinn in a trade with the Browns, sending FB Peyton Hillis, a 2011 sixth-round pick and a 2012 conditional pick to Cleveland.

Quinn could compete for the starting position with incumbent Kyle Orton, who started strong last season but faded as the year progressed.

Elsewhere in the AFC West, the Oakland Raiders acquired Browns pass rusher Kamerion Wimbley for an undisclosed draft pick.

Talk about L.T. landing with the Jets inside the SD Bolt Report message boards.

Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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