The Jets will release Thomas Jones tomorrow, thus avoiding a $3 million roster bonus on March 9.
But is there a chance Jones will play with the Jets in 2010 anyway?
Profootballtalk.com is reporting that, according to a source, the Jets will attempt to re-sign Jones shortly after he is released. No word yet from the team or Jones' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, whether the team will try to re-sign him.
The idea makes plenty of sense, especially because of the uncertain status of Leon Washington, who is rehabbing from a fractured leg suffered last October. Jones is coming off a career-high 1,402-yard, 14-TD regular season, although his play slipped in the playoffs, where he averaged just 2.6 yards per carry as Shonn Greene's backup.
We said from the start it didn't make financial sense for the Jets to have a backup making $5.8 million this season, and that the best case scenario was that Jones would accept a reduced salary.
That still might end up being the case.