All but left for dead by the Chargers, L.T. was released and allowed to work out a contract with any team. Two teams immediately stepped to the front of the line – the Vikings and the Jets. The Vikings allegedly offered more total money and more guaranteed money, but Tomlinson chose the Jets. He hasn't regretted the decision, nor should he. Through four games, he has rushed 56 times for 321 yards – an impressive 6.1-yard average per carry – and scored three touchdowns, and is tied for second on the team with 12 receptions.
Tomlinson said the decision to choose the Jets over the Vikings had a lot to do with his comfort zone in the type of one-cut, between-the-tackles running game the Jets are known for.
"It just felt like I knew this offense," Tomlinson said. "I felt like coming to Minnesota would put me behind the 8-ball a little bit, because I would have had to learn the offense. That pretty much came down to my decision – one place I had been in the offense for nine years and the other place I would have been learning the offense for the first time."
Tomlinson is no stranger to dealing with the media, so his answer as to why he made his decision sounded a little too politically correct. When asked if going to the Jets, where he would be lined up alongside second-year man Shonn Greene, trumped the role he would had with the Vikings, where Adrian Peterson is viewed as Purple Jesus, Tomlinson admitted it played a part in his decision.
"I'm not going to lie to you guys, that was also a factor," Tomlinson said. "I knew that I would have a bigger role here because you got Adrian Peterson in the backfield there in Minnesota. My sense was when I came there they needed me more in a Chester Taylor-type role. When I came here to the Jets, I sensed that they needed me in a bigger role. Obviously, that was a no-brainer for me."
It would seem clear that Tomlinson made the right choice. As much as Vikings fans who are also fantasy football players could die happy with the unimaginable concept of having Favre, Tomlinson, Moss and Peterson on the same "reality football" team, even the most die-hard of Vikings fans would have to admit that L.T. made the right call for himself going to New York instead of Minnesota, and he will be the Vikings' problem on Monday night.
"It's good for us that he's leaving our division, but it's bad for us that we got to face him this week," Tomlinson said. "It's kind of a, ‘Man, we wish this would have happened a week later,' but, at the same time, we understand where the Vikings are and their situations and what they need to get accomplished. We've got to be ready to play, and obviously we know Moss very well over here and we got to make sure we're ready to play."
"He came out full force early in the game," Revis said. "In the second half, you could tell he was kind of putting his foot on the brake. But everybody knows that's Randy – sometimes he comes out and plays 100 percent, sometimes he doesn't."
One can only imagine Moss will be giving 100 percent going up against Revis, who is said to be something less than 100 percent with an ailing hamstring.
"I was hoping they would have waited a week," Ryan said. "They would've been much nicer. Clearly by them making the trade when they did, he'll play (against us) this week. There's no doubt about that. We just have to get ready to play him. I thought it was interesting, a little surprising. We knew we were going to have to play him another time, so it might as well be this week."
Bravo, Dr. Belichick. You are the Dark Master.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.