Tomlinson's retirement thoughts
offered some solid production for the New York Jets
over the past two seasons when many believed that he did not have much gas left in the tank. Looking ahead to the 2012 campaign, will he elect to pull a similar trick with a new club?
The future Hall of Famer spoke with Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated
recently, and indicated that he's 95 percent sure he'll retire. However, he would consider a return for the right team and the right situation.
It doesn't take a Ph.D in Athlete-Speak to translate that: Tomlinson wants to play for a team that will likely contend for a Super Bowl title this season. One speculative possibility is the Pittsburgh Steelers
, as they have not yet signed a veteran RB to make up for not having Rashard Mendenhall
at the outset of the season. While they did draft Chris Rainey
in Round 5, the Florida product is more of a weapon on special teams. The Baltimore Ravens
have claimed that they won't be adding a veteran RB this offseason, but there's a distinct lack of experience behind Ray Rice
(who's holding out for a long-term deal, mind you).
Source: Tim Kavanagh, ESPN