LT to the Jets

NEW YORK — The Jets have signed running back LaDainian Tomlinson to a two-year contract, adding an aging star to an offense that ranked No. 1 in rushing last season.

Tomlinson’s agent, Tom Condon, confirmed the deal Sunday night.

A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Tomlinson’s contract is for $5.1 million with an escalator that could boost it to $5.6 million.

“He wanted to go a team that he thought had a chance to compete for the championship,” Condon told the AP. “He wanted to go somehwere where he had a chance to have a significant role, and so with the Jets he also was going to be very familiar with the offensive system.”

The Jets reached the AFC Championship Game last season, eliminating Tomlinson and the Chargers along the way.

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Tomlinson spent Friday with the Jets, capping it with dinner with coach Rex Ryan, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and other team officials.

The 2006 NFL MVP was cut last month by San Diego. He chose New York over Minnesota after visiting the Vikings on Thursday.

The Jets went after Tomlinson hard even though he turns 31 in June and is coming off his least productive season.

Tomlinson ran for 730 yards and 3.3 per carry. He scored 12 touchdowns.

He’s expected to back up Shonn Greene, who became the starter after leading-rusher Thomas Jones was released last week.

Tomlinson ranks eighth on the NFL’s career rushing list with 12,490 yards.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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