LaDainian Tomlinson is in Minnesota today for a visit with the Vikings, who are in the market for a running back after Chester Taylor signed a free agent deal with the Bears.

And if Tomlinson leaves Minnesota today without a deal? He's heading for the Jets, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.


We'd been getting indications last week that the Jets weren't all that interested in Tomlinson, which in retrospect might have been their way of trying to stay under the radar with a player who could be a replacement for Thomas Jones.

Tomlinson makes sense at a few levels now that Jones has signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Chiefs. He's a veteran presence behind starter Shonn Greene, he has familiarity with Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer when the two worked together in San Diego. And he is an insurance policy in the event Leon Washington is limited in his recovery from a fractured fibula.

By the end of the day, it might all be a moot point, because the Vikings are expected to make a big play for Tomlinson. Minnesota has severe free agent restrictions because they were a Final 4 team — like the Jets — and losing Taylor was a big blow to the offense. Sure, Adrian Peterson is still the guy for the Vikings, but they also need a capable backup now that Taylor is gone.

Operative phrase on this one: stay tuned.

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UPDATE: Tomlinson left Minnesota at around 6 p.m. eastern and was headed to the New York area to visit with the Jets tomorrow.