First off, before getting into the argument I'll explain my position. Do I want LT back? Honestly I'm 50-50. Do I want a first round RB? Hell no, not with so many other needs on this team and RB being a strong point. But that's not the point of the post, here's my reasons for bringing him back for one more year.
1) LEADERSHIP: We've all heard the problem with the Jets of no veteran leadership. So why get rid of one of the best leaders on the Jets? LT has filled in for T-Rich as the go to guy for pregame rallies and is generally considered one of the leaders. Also, he was the one who called out Holmes in the game and later ripped him in the media. He is well respected and a good source for Powell or Mcknight to learn from as they move into their primes. That's the best argument the Jet can use for keeping him, he is one of our only leaders on the team.
2 ) COST: Simply put LT would be cheaper than most options. A first round pick would cost a lot more than bringing back LT plus the pick should be used elsewhere, where we really need it. LT I would expect to accept another 1 year under 2 million dollar deal. Considering the market for backs this year he would be a cheaper investment and someone to keep in house.
3) HE STILL IS A GOOD BACK: Let me clarify....when used in the right role. He is no longer a game changer every down back. Shonn Greene although not flashy, is our every down back. ( A solid one who grinds out the tough yards.) LT has shown a good burst in the hole and is and excellent screen back. Speaking of skills he brings, he is a very good back when it comes to pass protection. In several games he had long runs and while hes not a home run threat anymore, he can still break off 20 yard plus runs. (Personally and this is my opinion, I think everyone has fallen in love with a back that breaks off highlight runs, I'd rather a guy to move the chains consistently like LT has done this year)
4) Joe Mcknight: If we bring back LT, I really think it will help Mcknight into his role. Mcknight (again my opinion) needs about a half year to really become a great number 2 back. I believe given time he will eventually take over the role from LT. I would love to see LT split time with Mcknight and tutor him and eventually turn over the role. In the meantime it really allows us to slowly integrate Mcknight into the offense instead of throwing him in the fire.
5) Championship: So this may be a stretch, but LT wants that trophy badly. If your recall that's why he came to the Jets, he believed that they gave him the best chance to get it. I want a guy who wants it that bad on my team. When the going gets tough, LT never gave up, (cough cough) but actually went all out against Miami. While it may not be a huge thing to some people, I personally value this attribute very high.
He probably won't be back but considering all he can bring to the Jets, I would not be too upset if they brought him back for one more year.