Monday, March 1, 2010

Thomas Jones to Be Released

As expected the Jets have just announced that they will release running back Thomas Jones on March 5th (Friday). Jones joined the team in 2007 after three years with the Chicago Bears. He was drafted in 2000 by the Arizona Cardinals where he spent three years before moving on to Tampa Bay for one season. He led the AFC in rushing in 2008.

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.”

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