Jets LaDainian Tomlinson Goes Hunting While Contemplating Retirement: A Fan’s Perspective

In a radio interview, New York Jets running back, LaDainian Tomlinson, discussed his future as a Jet and with the NFL. The overall tone of the interview is that Tomlinson is thinking about retiring this year. He told the XX 1090 Scott and BR Show that it is "hard to say if he should return to New York."

Taking a break from football

During the interview, LaDainian Tomlinson told the Scott and BR Show that he plans to spend time deer hunting in Pennsylvania. This is the first time he has gone deer hunting—usually he is playing during the post season. He should enjoy deer hunting; it is a great way to relieve stress. We all know that the stress level surrounding the Jets' is at an all time high right now.

LaDainian and the Jets

Will LT return as a Jet next year? When asked this question, Tomlinson replied that he is unsure. Whether or not he returns to New York largely depends on what changes the Jets plan to make prior to the 2012 season. He is open to returning, depending on the personnel situation.

Another big question is if New York will ask him to come back. Tomlinson is a free agent in 2012. Depending on what the Jets need to do in order to meet salary caps in the preseason, they may offer LaDainian base pay for a veteran player. It may be more lucrative for him to look for another team—especially if he wants a shot at a Super Bowl ring in 2012. LaDainian says he is open to all possibilities.

Tomlinson told his coaches and agent that he is contemplating retirement, but nothing is a sure thing.

Should LT retire this year? I'd hate to see him leave Gang Green. He is a skilled veteran that offers talent and experience to the Jets offense. Will he get that coveted Super Bowl ring next year with New York? Looking at the current situation—I'd say no. The Jets need to replace problem children with team players and change the coaching staff in order to make the 2012 post-season a reality.

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Lynda Altman grew up just outside of New York City. She has been a Jets fan all of her life and is disappointed that New York will not be in the post season this year. You can contact her @LdyJetsFan on Twitter.

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Updated Monday, Jan 9, 2012