For the first time, the Vikings have publicly discussed LaDainian Tomlinson’s reported visit to Minnesota on Thursday.
Star-Tribune beat reporter Judd Zulgad posted a Tweet on Wednesday from Vikings coach Brad Childress on the fact that Tomlinson joining the team would be as a backup to Adrian Peterson.
“I would think he knows that, but I always want to over-communicate clarity so we won’t hopscotch around that [topic],” Childress said.
Zulgad also reported Wednesday that if an agreement on playing time and money can be reached, Tomlinson could be a Viking soon.
With Chester Taylor and Thomas Jones now off the market, it appears Tomlinson’s value to teams is closely tied to his willingness to take a non-featured role. NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora told fans during a live chat Wednesday morning that Tomlinson should be clear on his market value.
“It’s going to be this type of role no matter where he goes,” La Canfora noted. “If he’s all about being a part of a winner, this is a great spot to be (assuming Favre is back). He could extend his career as a third-down back if he excels. It makes a lot of sense to me.”