LaDainian Tomlinson takes a big pay cut Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on August 1, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT LaDainian Tomlinson’s role is expected to decrease this season, and so is his salary. ESPN.com’s John Clayton reports Tomlinson will “only” get $1.1 million this year, down from $2.625 million. That is a significant pay cut and it likely means the Jets told Tomlinson he would get released if he didn’t take the deal. The Jets were lightly rumored through NFL Network to be interested in Ronnie Brown, which may have created additional leverage for the team. In one sense, the news is surprising because Tomlinson exceeded all reasonable expectations in 2010. On the other hand, the Jets like Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight, while Tomlinson struggled down the stretch last year. A pay cut like this makes us wonder if Tomlinson is even guaranteed to make the roster.