Tomlinson should encounter no surprises

It's expected that free agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson will have some questions for Minnesota officials when he visits the team's practice facility Thursday. But it's hard to imagine he doesn't already have a decent idea of how he would be used -- and not used -- in the Vikings' offense.


TomlinsonTomlinson spoke Tuesday with Vikings coach Brad Childress, and they will continue their discussions. Childress, speaking to Twin Cities reporters Wednesday, said that role shouldn't be a mystery.

"I would think he knows," Childress said, "but I always want to over-communicate clarity so we won't hopscotch around that. We'll have to show him what his role will be."

In the opening frenzy of free agency, first visits almost always lead to a contract agreement. Tomlinson's situation is a bit more difficult to read. If he wants to be a lead back in 2010, Minnesota isn't the right fit. If that's his goal, he might need to wait until a team loses its starter to injury in training camp or early in the regular season.

We could know the answer in less than 24 hours. Stay tuned.