Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Source: LT to visit Vikings
ESPN.com news services
The Minnesota Vikings could have one high-profile backup running back.
LaDainian Tomlinson is going to visit the team on Thursday, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. SI.com first reported the visit.
Tomlinson was released by the San Diego Chargers last week and has scheduled a number of visits with potential teams.
Tomlinson ranks eighth on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 12,490 yards. His 138 career rushing touchdowns rank second, and his 153 total touchdowns rank third.
Tomlinson, who turned 30 last summer, was injured early in the 2009 season and finished with 730 yards on 223 carries for an average of 3.3 yards per carry, all career lows. He became less and less the face of the Chargers as his role was reduced in a pass-happy offense.
He wouldn't be the face of the Vikings either, however, with Adrian Peterson making the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons in the league. But the Vikings did lose free agent Chester Taylor to the Chicago Bears this offseason, creating a lack of depth in the backfield.
The Vikings do not yet know if quarterback Brett Favre will return to the team that went 12-4 and lost to eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans in the second round of the playoffs.
Tomlinson has said that his priority now is to win a title, something he didn't do in San Diego.
"This is not the end of the road at all," he said last week. "I'm not retiring. So I am very excited. I really believe I am going to have that opportunity to win a championship."