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