LaDainian Tomlinson may never play professional football again, but he deserves a look, primarily from one team: the Green Bay Packers.
Enough left for one last go of it?
Ryan Grant, 29, is an unrestricted free agent, and while he is a few years younger than LT (turns 33 in June), I am not sure he brings any more to the table at this stage of his career. Grant was always an overachiever, and a slower, older Tomlinson is still on par with him. The former New York Jet and San Diego Charger may even play at a cheaper price, because Grant probably feels he can still be a starter in this league; Tomlinson seems content being a role player on his quest to winning a ring.
LT is a great fit for what this offense needs. He is a fantastic pass blocker, and his hands are arguably the best in the league among running backs. Bring him in as a third-down specialist for Aaron Rodgers as a checkdown option, while relying on James Starks, Brandon Saine and Alex Green (knee) to pick of the slack on clear running downs.
Green Bay needs to do something for A-Rod in pass protection, where Starks has proven to be just average. With veteran center Jeff Saturday replacing Scott Wells, it means pass protection is even more important as Saturday will be 37 years old in June and has no experience with Rodgers.
LT is on his last legs, but he could be a quality roster-filler for owners in point-per-reception leagues ... should the Packers heed my advice! Realistically, I expect one of the many midrange, change-of-pace draft prospects to hold down this roster spot that Tomlinson is more than deserving of.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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