Thoughts On LaDainian Tomlinson & Brodney Pool


The big news of the day is that LaDainian Tomlinson is in the building visiting with the Jets today and is highly likely to either sign with them or the Minnesota Vikings. Considering the lack of talent available at running back, signing Tomlinson is one of the few ways the Jets could acquire the needed depth for the position. Personally, I have never been a huge Tomlinson fan. The guy looks like he has been done for a few years now and tends to spend most playoff games watching from the side-line with a jacket on or averaging 2 yards per carry. It would have been a smarter move to bring back Thomas Jones but at this point, the Jets don’t have many better options at running back. He still has value as a receiving threat out of the backfield and is a quality short yardage/goal-line back. The Jets could also use a veteran presence at the position. From everything I have read, it sounds like there is a very real chance of this deal getting done and it will basically come down to Tomlinson picking between the Jets and the “maybe have Favre, maybe not have Favre” Vikings.

In other news, the Jets signed former Browns safety Brodney Pool to a one year deal. This was a smart move by Mike Tannenbaum, considering the Jets needed another body at safety. Pool has been a fairly productive player throughout his career and actually had more interceptions (4) and sacks (1) than Kerry Rhodes did, despite only playing 10 games last year. He has sustained four concussions throughout his career and generally has had difficulty staying on the field. Overall, he improves the talent level at safety and the competition for the starting job opposite Jim Leonhard. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Jets still draft a safety in either round one or two, if there is somebody they like. The Jets will also still probably add a corner or two through the draft or free agency.

Raiders linebacker Jon Alston also visited the Jets. Alston is more of a special teams player and could fill the “void” left by Marques Murrell, who signed with the Patriots. The Jets need bodies at linebacker, especially since Vernon Gholston is occupying a roster spot.

Brodney Pool Career Stats

  • 2005 – 35 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
  • 2006 – 67 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
  • 2007 – 58 tackles, 2 INTs
  • 2008 – 65 tackles, 1 sack, 3 INTs
  • 2009 – 50 tackles, 1 sack, 4 INT

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  • S Dot Gato

    After hearing you bash Tomlinson visciously and repeatedly for the past 2 years I really cant wait to hear you suckin him off when he has a solid year for the Jets which I think has a very good chance of happening if he chooses to sign with them. The Jets have arguably the best O-line in the NFL and the Chargers O-line has gotten progessively worse over the past few years, Shonn Greene has to show hes not injury prone before anyone has fulltime faith in him and Leon is not anywhere near a fulltime back even before being injured. Tomlinson could be the piece the saves the greedy jets after they cut thomas jones to save 2 million dollars. Obvious concern is come playoff time LT probably wont be available if the Jets can get there, I still think alot of there season relies on Sanchez improving and growing up.

  • bruceharper

    Did anybody notice that the Jets

    1: Got rid of a player they couldn’t stand (K. Rhodes)
    2: Upgraded at the safety position. (B. Pool)
    3. Saved about $2 million.
    and 4. Picked up 2 draft picks in the process?

    Tanenbaum is amazing.

  • Angel

    I don’t think the Jets have to draft a corner at all. I think the are set with who they have now and could add a cheap FA.

    I think the Jets can pick up a good LB later in the draft and play Gholston at DE for line depth.

  • As You free agent thief!!congrats on getting Tomlinson, although I’m not sure how much of an upgrade he is over Thomas Jones. New York has an unquestionably better O-line than San Diego so I think LDT’s numbers will improve, but why not just keep TJ? It’s not like he broke the bank in KC…

    (Plus now as a Vikings fan, we have to keep searching for a replacement to Chester Taylor!)

  • Jimi

    Still talk about picking up Adalis Thomas? (I know I spelled that wrong…) They’re looking more and more like the Patriots every day. Getting guys when they’re at their lowest price (Rodney Harrison, Randy Moss) but who want to prove how good they are and will re-focus.

  • Joe Caporoso

    Jimi…I still think they will end up with Thomas when it is all said and done this off-season.

    Eric…I am sure the Vikes will be able to find somebody to spell AP…we might be seeing you opening night

    Angel…how you been man? Long time no talk…If they can add a cheap FA like Corey Ivy, than yes I could see them not drafting a CB. I would def try to use Gholston at DE, nothing else has worked at this point.

    Bruce…Mike T is the man.

    S Gato…I love LT, what are you talking about? hahah