Although the New York Jets running back Thomas Jones has had two consecutive excellent seasons for the team, the Jets just consider that the 32-year-old running back is expendable and tend to release him if he is unwilling to accept a salary cut.
To keep Jones in his Jets jersey without salary cut, the Jets will have to pay him a $3 million roster bonus next month and $2.8 million in base salary for his service in 2010 season. It’s expensive to the Jets, and they are likely to have negotiation with Jones’ agent Drew Rosenhaus about the deal before any decision is made.
Although finishing 2009 season with career high 1,402 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, Jones still becomes expendable to Jets as he is turning 32 year old and will possibly surpassed by younger backs. Without Jones, the Jets still have good choices in rookie back Shonn Greene who gave excellent performance in the playoffs and four-year veteran Leon Washington, who is expected to return from his leg injury for 2010 season.