The Jets have seemingly made more news than the NFL's other 31 teams combined since the free agency period started March 5. This despite many of us thinking the Jets weren't going to be major players because of the final eight restrictions.
Boy, were we wrong.
The Jets made their latest headline move today, officially agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with RB LaDainian Tomlinson. It's believed to be somewhere in the neighborhood of the $5 million deal Thomas Jones inked with the Chiefs last week.
Tomlinson, 30, flew home to San Diego on Saturday morning to think things over with his wife. His trek back to the crib came a day after the Jets threw their best recruiting pitch at him during dinner with GM Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan and other team personnel at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on Friday night.
Didn't take him long to decide, did it?
The Jets are banking that the aging running back released by the Chargers in February isn’t completely done. Eighth on the NFL's all-time rushing list, he's coming off his worst statistical season, rushing for a modest 730 yards and averaging 3.3 yards per carry.
But as Shonn Greene's backup and a possible insurance policy for restricted FA Leon Washington, Tomlinson won't be asked to shoulder the load. He, of course, could benefit from the Jets' solid offensive line.
RT Damien Woody sure thinks so.
"I like it," Woody tweeted. ".... LaDainian running behind our line ....I think he'll put up better numbers than people think."
The Jets are also making more moves than people thought, including yours truly. Remember, this was supposed to be a quiet free agency period for the Jets given they are hampered by certain restrictions.
Thanks to the lack of a new collective bargaining agreement and the rules governing an uncapped season, the Jets faced stiff regulations because they were one of the four teams that advanced to the AFC Championship game.
But here's Tomlinson, just the latest acquisition.
Give Tannenbaum credit, though. He knew he would have to find creative ways to improve the team and he's as done just that. He traded for CB Antonio Cromartie and got rid of disgruntled S Kerry Rhodes, sending him to the Cardinals for a fourth round pick in next month’s draft and a 2011 seventh-round selection.
Tannenbaum inked former Cleveland S Brodney Pool to a one-year deal and he also re-signed blocking TE Ben Hartsock, who’ll now help pave the way for the newest Jet.