Jones was due a $3 million roster bonus next week.
Here are the statements from GM Mike Tannenbaum and Coach Rex Ryan regarding Jones' release:
It is still possible that the team will re-sign Jones at some point.
Statement from New York Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum:
“We have informed Thomas Jones and his representatives that we will release him on March 5. Thomas joined us three years ago and has been a productive, passionate leader both on and off the field who has served as a positive influence for our younger players. We were fortunate to acquire Thomas and wish him the best.”
Statement from New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan:
“When I got here Thomas immediately became one of my guys. He had one of his best years last season – might have been his best. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a player and a person. As I said the other day, this is one of the tough decisions we had to make for our organization.”