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Tomlinson Says that Sanchez Isn’t Lazy, Isn’t Sure if He will Retire

As a guest analyst on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson defended quarterback Mark Sanchez from allegations by anonymous teammates, who Tomlinson suspects are wide receivers, that the third-year pro is lazy and coddled by management.

“There’s a lot of things you can say about Mark Sanchez, but to call him lazy is a bit much,” Tomlinson said according to Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger. “This is a guy that has worked very hard off the field, in the film room. I’ve seen it — in the weight room, putting in extra time with the coaches early in the morning, after practice when everybody is gone. He’s putting in time, so he’s not lazy.”

Sanchez is due $11.75 million in total compensation and has a cap number north of $14 million. Both sums are the highest on the team, so it’s hardly a surprise that the Jets have already reaffirmed that he will be the starting quarterback in 2012.

Tomlinson is a free agent in 2012 and is contemplating retirement.

“I’m still at that point where I am contemplating retirement, but at the same time, I am leaving my options open,” Tomlinson said. “I’m not saying that I’m completely done with playing football, I just don’t know yet. I’m obviously a free agent.”

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