Now, personally, I think this would be a great move by the Saints. Tomlinson isn’t an every down back any more but he’s still one of the top running backs in the NFL. Putting him in that offense would be, like, sick, especially given his motivation level will be at an all-time high next season.
And if I’m Falcons coach Mike Smith, my first thought would be: “Oy.”
I had Tomlinson on my fantasy team this year. He killed me. Thus, I can speak to the fact that Schultz is about three years late in making this point. Tomlinson was 29th in the NFL in yards rushing. He was 49th out of 50 qualifiers in yards per carry, leading only the artist formerly known as Larry Johnson. Tomlinson achieved these numbers despite playing with one of the best quarterbacks in football. His total yards, yards per game, and yards per carry have declined in each of the past four seasons. His sole value last year was that Norv Turner, out of a sense of loyalty to a stumbling old war horse that has served its owner well, let LT score a number of short touchdowns.
If I'm Mike Smith, my first thought upon the Saints signing Tomlinson would be "when did Mickey Loomis get a lobotomy?"