Jets to officially release running back Thomas Jones Friday

The Jets will officially kick off free agency on Friday with the release of running back Thomas Jones. The running back will not restructure his salary, so the team is going to say so long to the back who last season led the team with over 1400 yards rushing.

The New York Jets will release running back Thomas Jones this week, allowing the leader of the NFL’s top-ranked rushing offense to become a free agent. General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said Monday that the team told Jones it will cut ties with him when the league’s free agency period begins Friday.

“Thomas joined us three years ago and has been a productive, passionate leader both on and off the field who has served as a positive influence for our younger players,” Tannenbaum said in a statement. “We were fortunate to acquire Thomas and wish him the best.” Jones was due a $3.3 million roster bonus on top of a $2.8 million base salary this season and he and the Jets failed to reach a compromise on restructuring his contract; the team wanted him to take a pay cut.

Jones will for sure end up somewhere in 2010. Teams like the Chargers, Bucs, Browns or possibly even the Pats should take a long look at Jones and what he can do for their roster.

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