With the pending release of Thomas Jones on friday, there have already been grumblings out in the swamps of Jersey from Jets players as to their displeasure.
The Daily News reports that one player was quoted as follows:
“I can tell you, it’s not going to be a popular move in the locker room,” said one player, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “We loved T.J. The man loved the game and put it all on the line only to get dumped after his best season. I think you should reward players for performance. You dump him but give Vernon (Gholston) another shot? Doesn’t make sense.”
At least we can establish that Gholston didn’t make that comment.
This is a tough call on Jones. It is a given that Jones is a solid, no fumble, RB.
But $5.8 million for a 32 year old back?
That is a lot of money.
There has to be some blame here on Jones and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, for believing that Jones should not have to restructure his contract. This is the NFL, guys. Jones will not get $5.8 from another team. New England will be calling and Jones will have the chance to play the Jets twice next year, but not making $5.8 million.
Big questions now…. Will Leon recover? Will Greene recover? Will the Jets draft or sign a RB, like Chester Taylor or Mike Bell?
Or… will Jones be released, not receive a solid offer from other teams, and end up back in Jersey?
Mr. Sanchez, pressure is on now.
Mr. Greene, do not fumble.
Mr. Tannenbaum, make your players believe that they won’t be discarded when their salary gets too high.
Mr. Ryan, get your troops together. Last year’s appearance in the AFC championship game is gone. Done.