LaDainian Tomlinson doesn’t know if he’ll be back for a second season with the Jets, and that uncertainty has him contemplating retirement.
Tomlinson has one year remaining on the two-year contract he signed with the Jets last offseason, but recent comments by GM Mike Tannenbaum has cast doubt over his return. Tannenbaum said “”these things could change, but we do expect him back,” a sign to many he’s not committed to the idea.
It all seems to have cut deep with Tomlinson.
“Part of it really does suck,” Tomlinson told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News. “It really does for me. To be in limbo … sometimes, I just want to say, ‘You know what? I’m just going to retire.'”
“It’s kind of a messed up feeling to be in,” he added. “Because I feel like we had a great season. Things went well. But here there’s questions about whether I’m going to come back (with the one) year that I have left (on my contract). So who knows.”
Tomlinson did add he would be willing to take on a reduced role in 2011, even if it means not starting, when he’s scheduled to make $2.4 million. The real question might be whether the Jets are willing to pay that amount while trying to expand the roles of Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight.
Once again we’re seeing the cruel reality for veteran NFL running backs.