FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — LaDainian Tomlinson's NFL future remains uncertain but if you read between the lines, his future with the New York Jets seems likely to be coming to an end. Tomlinson, who signed as a free agent last spring has seen his role with the team gradually diminish.
On Thursday, the future Hall of Fame running back told the media that he is coming to grips with the fact that this his eleventh season in the NFL might be his last and he might not be welcome back with the Jets next year. When asked if he's given the possibility of Sunday being the end of a career where he was among the most feared and versatile running backs of of the past decade, Tomlinson acknowledged to reporters that the thought has crossed his mind.
"Yes, there is definitely a thought that this could be because you never know how things shake out. For me, it just depends on the situation. I've said that before. I would love to keep playing, but if the situation is not right, then I won't," Tomlinson said. "This possibly could be my last game."
It has been a quiet year for Tomlinson, with his 64 carries for 224 yards and a touchdown representing career lows across the board. Eight times in his career, Tomlinson topped 1,000 rushing yards but injuries limited him to just 13 games and one start as Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight each saw increased carries for the Jets.
Earlier in the year, Tomlinson had expressed that he wished to play at least one more seasonbut now that he's on the downside of his career, the possibility exists that no team will want to take on board an injury-riddled player. Especially since Tomlinson said on Thursday he wouldn't sign for the veteran's minimum next year and would be looking for a larger deal than that.
He's at peace if Sunday in Miami is his last game if the Jets can't make it to the playoffs.
"It is weird, but this is how I see it: if it is my last game, I've enjoyed 11 years of playing football, playing a kid's game (with) two great organizations. Obviously, being here the last couple of years, I've really enjoyed my time here. The fans have been great. My teammates have been great [and] the coaching staff," Tomlinson said. "There is nothing I could complain about."
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