Tomlinson playing contract game

There are reports out of San Diego that free agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson is leaning toward signing with the New York Jets, but it makes perfect sense for Tomlinson to keep all options open as he negotiates his next contract.

That means Tomlinson must portray neutrality from a public perspective: to spark a bidding war between the Jets and Minnesota. I think that's why he told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune that he didn't know where he will sign, despite rampant reports linking him to the Jets.

I'll have more to say when we get confirmation of Tomlinson's destination. Right now, you're seeing the negotiating process play out before your eyes.