Even if it is "speculation" or what have you, this one still caught me by surprise a little bit. Beat writer Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune is speculating that the Oakland Raiders could be interesting in free agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson, 31 when the season starts, just spend his first nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers after being drafted fifth overall in the 2001 NFL draft.
Would this be a good signing for the Silver and Black? Hit the jump and vote on the poll.
"No" is the quick short answer to that question.
Tomlinson is one of the greatest running backs in NFL history without a doubt; however, let's look at what he's done lately. In 2009, his production dramatically fell off based on years past. Tomlinson posted a career-low in rushing yards, yards per carry, receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. With that said, I think the guy still has a little something left in the tank is a limited role.
Looking at the roster, we still have a pair of legitimate running back options following the release of Justin Fargas. Michael Bush and Darren McFadden, at this point in their careers, are simply better options than a 30-year-old Tomlinson. Bush is better between the tackles. McFadden is a better option of the backfield.
Tomlinson had this to say at his press conference when he learned he was leaving the Chargers:
“The Raiders are pretty set in the backfield,” he said. “Even if they weren’t, I wouldn’t become a Raider.”
With that said, I wouldn't rule out him coming to Oakland since Al Davis is in charge and anything is possible.
Okay, I'll keep it short and sweet. What say you, nation?