News that the San Diego Chargers released LaDainian Tomlinson after nine seasons on Monday is sure to cause a lot of speculation about where the former MVP running back will eventually land.

Some already have suggested that the Vikings could be a good candidate, including Profootballtalk right here and our good friend Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com right here.

The Vikings have made it known that they hope to resign unrestricted free agent Chester Taylor and they are expected to meet with his agent at the NFL Scouting Combine later this week. But Tomlinson could fill an important role if Taylor leaves for another team.

The unknown with Tomlinson, 30, is his willingness to take a backseat to Adrian Peterson and become primarily a backup. Tomlinson told SI.com that his primary focus now is to sign with a team that has a legitmate chance to win a championship and has a proven quarterback.

The Vikings certainly fit that bill assuming Brett Favre returns. It's all speculation now but adding Tomlinson to the Vikings -- even if he's not the same player he once was -- could help soften the blow if Taylor bolts while adding even more star power to an offense that scored the second-most points in the NFL this season.

What are your thoughts?