Report: LaDainian Tomlinson Will Return to New York Jets in 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets runs the ball against the New England Patriots at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 19 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Patriots 28 - 14. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

After the selection of Bilal Powell, there has been some speculation that LaDainian Tomlinson will be viewed as expendable. Manish Mehta says this is not the case:

Bilal Powell's arrival won't affect LaDainian Tomlinson's future with . He will be back in 2011, per source.

I think this is the right move. Tomlinson is the only back on the roster with experience as a pass protector. If getting to the Super Bowl means getting past teams with Dwight Freeney and James Harrison, having a back who can help out is important.

I am hoping the Powell pick means the team is going to get serious about reducing Tomlinson's workload. LT showed he still has some moves in 2010 but will wear down if he has to work to much as he gets older. An almost exclusive third down role where he could use those blocking and receiving skills would almost be perfect.

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