Friday, February 26, 2010

LT to Baltimore makes sense

Baltimore Ravens News & Blogs by Tony Lombardi of

Ladainian Tomlinson is a street free agent and is free to sign with any team.

Why not the Ravens?

If you listened closely to his recent press conference, Tomlinson seems more interested in winning a championship than being a No. 1 running back. And if that is true, wouldn’t he be an excellent fit in Baltimore? Might Baltimore fit him comfortably?

Tomlinson has a tarnished image to repair. Many perceive him as a bit of a crybaby. Heading into the twilight of his playing career and readying himself for his post playing career, cleaning up that image is desirable. A team first pinch hitter off the bench would do the trick.

Besides the Ravens have someone that no other team has – Cam Cameron.

In Cameron’s offense, LT had his best years in San Diego. Ahead of him is a player with similar skills in Ray Rice who could become an excellent protégé.

You’ve heard the expression, “It’s tough to teach an old dog new tricks”, right?

Well in B’more and in the Ravens’ offensive system, Tomlinson wouldn’t have to really learn any new tricks. He may even be able to dust off some old ones.

Of course there is the issue of Willis McGahee to deal with.

Most observers would agree that McGahee at best will be in Baltimore for one more season – a season in which he is scheduled to be paid handsomely, $3.6 million to be exact.

Why not cut Willis free, give him a chance to be a starter elsewhere and use a portion of that $3.6 million to pay LT?

Upgrade the RB position for one season.

Save money!

Make everyone involved happy…

This is a conversation that the Ravens’ brass must have while the opportunity still exists.


Scott said...

Good plan, and if it happens I will support it. However, at this point in time I think that McGahee is the better running back between the two. While switching them would provide a cut in costs, I also think it would result in a cut in offensive production.

Jerry B said...

Couldn't agree more, TL!

Anonymous said...

LT is a great RB. We need a #1 receiver. That isz a priority. Not to mention a back up for heap.

Harryos29 said...

Harry OS 29 March 1st ??
...LT still has some gas in the tank..However, the Ravens need to move on a W/R. Why spin your wheels with LT. Although...he could compliment Ray Rice and spell him from time to time.
... Just get some WIDE RECEIVERS and Throw the Ball Down field.... I want to say.. I don't care who they sign: I do...Any body but T.O.

Anonymous said...

TL, why are you so obsessed about replacing McGahee? How is LT an upgrade over McGahee at this point in their careers?? A team needs two productive RBs to be successful, and what's the big deal if McGahee makes $3.6M? Even in a capped year, it's not a big deal. The man scored 14 TDs and averaged over 5 yds per carry!! If Ray Rice can average 15-18 carries per game instead of 25 carries with no dropoff, how many extra years might that preserve on his career? McGahee saved the playoff clinching game at Oakland after doing the same the year before in Dallas. They gave Samari Rolle almost $4M last year, and he didn't play a down!! With Harbaugh's assertion that McGahee isn't going anywhere, can we just get off this topic?