Saying quarterback Matt Hasselbeck learns new system well, saying running backs Julius Jones and Justin Forsett fits new offense well, but the Seattle Seahawks new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said nothing about tackle Walter Jones, keeping his status for 2010 a question.
The 36-year-old Jones posted on his Twitter page last weekend that “it is time for me to retire from football.” Actually he has not played since Thanksgiving Day 2008 following two surgeries on his left knee. And the anchor to Seattle’s offensive line since 1997 has used Twitter to hint at retirement over the last few months. But he also said that he still had a passion to play football in NFL jerseys and might test the knee in a spring minicamp.
Bates said of Jones: “In my short career in the NFL, he’s the best left tackle I ever seen.” That might be why the question for Jones’ status remains unanswered. Even the Seahawks executives have yet to confirm what Jones’ plan for 2010 season.