Contrary — sort of — to the report that the Jets will cut running back Thomas Jones on Monday, the Jets have issued on Monday a statement indicating that he’ll be cut on Friday.
Said G.M. Mike Tannenbaum: “We have informed Thomas Jones and his representatives that we will release him on March 5. 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. We were fortunate to acquire Thomas and wish him the best.”
Said coach Rex Ryan: “When I got here Thomas immediately became one of my guys. He had one of his best years last season — might have been his best. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a player and a person. As I said the other day, this is one of the tough decisions we had to make for our organization.”
Jones was due to earn a roster bonus of $2.8 million next week, and even in an uncapped year the Jets weren’t willing to pay it. Instead, they’ll turn the running game over to Leon Washington and Shonn Greene.
Jones will become an unrestricted free agent on Friday. Because he has achieved that status via the termination of his contract, he’ll be free to sign with any team, even the final eight teams from the 2009 season.