TomlinsonCurrently the Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers have 1,000-yard rushers on their rosters. That means Tomlinson, whose skills are on the decline, would be nothing more than an overpriced backup for any of these aforementioned teams.
The future Hall of Famer likely will seek an opportunity to start or at least starter-type money in free agency. Tomlinson rushed for 730 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2009.
Tomlinson will have plenty of options, and another thing he will favor is a chance to win his first Super Bowl. That won't happen in 2010 with the Cleveland Browns, who won just five games last season. Going from an annual contender in San Diego to a rebuilding team in Cleveland would be a step down for Tomlinson, who doesn't have many years left.
All of these factors mean Tomlinson's new home will be outside the AFC North. There are better opportunities for Tomlinson elsewhere next season.