For the first time in his career, Tomlinson entered the free-agent market, with many teams expressing interest. He signed a two-year/$5.2 million contract with the New York Jets on March 14, 2010.
Tomlinson left the Chargers as their all-time leading rusher, though his yardage steadily declined after his MVP 2006 season. That season, he rushed for 1815 yards and 28 TDs, accumulated another 508 yards and 3 TDs receiving, and even threw for two, giving him:
- The all-time NFL record for single season rushing touchdowns (28). (The previous record was 27, set in 2003 by Priest Holmes and in 2005 by Shaun Alexander.)
- The all-time NFL record for single season touchdowns (31). (The previous record was 28, set in 2005 by Shaun Alexander.)
- The all-time NFL record for the most points scored in a single season (186). (The previous record was 176, set in 1960 by Paul Hornung.)
- NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year Award for 2006, a bunch of ESPY awards, and the 2007 Most Unstoppable Jock on Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards, beating out finalist Kobe Bryant.
L.T. is currently:
- 2nd all-time in rushing TDs (138), behind Emmitt Smith (164).
- 3rd all-time in total TDs (153), behind Emmitt Smith (175) and Jerry Rice (208).
- 8th all-time in yards rushing (12,490).
- A five-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro (2002-2007).