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Ex-Jets running back Thomas Jones signs with Chiefs

Thomas Jones, waived by the Jets Friday, reportedly

Thomas Jones, waived by the Jets Friday, reportedly inked a two-year, $5-million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. ( 2009) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Thomas Jones has found a new home.

Waived by the Jets on Friday, Jones signed a two-year, $5-million deal with the Chiefs Tuesday. He'll form a tandem with Jamaal Charles, who led Kansas City in rushing last season with 1,120 yards and seven touchdowns.

Jones, 31, was cut loose by the Jets after he refused to restructure his contract. He was due a $3-million roster bonus on top of a $2.8-million base salary, and the Jets weren't about to shell out that kind of money to Shonn Greene's projected backup despite Jones' career season (1,402 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns).

The Jets are left with two proven backs, Greene and restricted free agent Leon Washington, who is still rehabbing a broken right fibula but reportedly is drawing interest from the 49ers.

General manager Mike Tannenbaum said Monday that he didn't anticipate adding a veteran to complement Greene and Washington.

"We've kind of reached out preliminarily, but there is really [nothing] imminent there for us," Tannenbaum said. "Of course, that could change. But I don't see anything on the front burner with that position."

Notes & quotes: Cleveland free-agent S Brodney Pool is expected to visit the Jets Wednesday . . . LB Marques Murrell, who excelled on special teams with the Jets, signed with the Patriots.


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