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Tomlinson has no problem with pay cut

New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson runs

New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson runs drills at practice as the team gets ready to play the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Jan. 19, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday / Joe Epstein

LaDainian Tomlinson was perfectly fine with having his salary reduced, something the Jets felt was necessary to give them financial flexibility with the salary cap.

Tomlinson was due a base salary of $2.6 million this season and reportedly now will make $1.1 million. The future Hall of Fame running back didn't seem bothered by it in the least, and he had no problem explaining why he agreed to take a pay cut.

"There's a great opportunity for us to win and that's the No. 1 thing in my mind," Tomlinson said today, "is to be somewhere we have a chance to win the Super Bowl. I have said it all along about [restructuring] and this was my being able to prove it in the words I've said."

Tomlinson certainly believes the Jets have what it takes to get it done this season and finally make it to the Super Bowl. But don't expect him to proclaim the Jets as the "Dream "Team" as Vince Young did in describing the Eagles.  

"That’s yet to be seen. We don’t have LeBron, D-Wade or Chris Bosh on the team," he said with a laugh. "At the same time, we feel like we’re right there. We have the type of guys on this team that can make plays all across the board, a great coaching staff and two back-to-back years of the AFC Championship games.

"What’s next for us? It has to be winning the championship."

And for that to happen, everything -- repeat, everything -- must fall into place for the Jets.

"I think, definitely, you have to have some things go right for you, meaning injuries," Tomlinson said. "You have to keep core guys healthy. You have to have a favorable schedule, obviously, and you have to win the division. The last couple of years we’ve played playoff games on the road.

"That’s huge when you’re trying to win three straight games on the road. It’s just tough to do in the NFL, so we have to have some of those games at home and that’s pretty much how I see it. Everything else we have. We have the talent. We have the coaching staff. We have everything we need."


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