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Decision to cut Thomas Jones doesn't sit well in Jets' locker room

Some players on the New York Jets are disappointed that they’ll lose Thomas Jones as a teammate when the team cuts him on Friday, and one unnamed player expressed that disappointment by taking a shot at someone who’s still on the team.

“I can tell you, it’s not going to be a popular move in the locker room,” the New York Daily News quotes one unnamed player as saying. “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.”

Gholston, of course, has been a big disappointment since the Jets selected him with the sixth pick in the 2008 NFL draft, and it’s no surprise that this unnamed player resents Gholston’s status as a high-priced disappointment with a virtually guaranteed spot on the roster. Then again, the fact that unproductive high draft picks like Gholston have more job security than productive 30-somethings like Jones says more about the way the NFL structures contracts for Top 10 draft picks than it does about the Jets, Jones or Gholston individually.

In any event, that unnamed Jet wasn’t the only one who was disappointed to hear that Jones is leaving.

Said offensive lineman Brandon Moore, “A passionate guy like that, with the intensity he brought at certain points in the game, it ignited sparks in everybody. You would’ve liked to have kept a guy like that.”

And offensive lineman Damien Woody added, “Some players bring things to the table that you can’t put a price on, and T.J. is one of those guys.”

On the field, the Jets appear ready to make Shonn Greene their featured running back. But Jones will clearly be missed in the locker room.

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  1. Big Stretch says: Mar 2, 2010 10:03 AM

    Thomas Jones is to running backs like Rodney Dangerfield is to comedians.

  2. Iain says: Mar 2, 2010 10:06 AM

    Perhaps the players should instead by asking why a supposed “leader” like Jones is taking the selfish decision to leave in search of more money for himself instead of taking the offer on the table from the Jets to take a paycut and remain on the team.

  3. danfinocchio says: Mar 2, 2010 10:12 AM

    I’m sure no deserving vet got cut when TJ was an overpriced disappointed

  4. Crowder911 says: Mar 2, 2010 10:12 AM

    as a Dolphins fan i can just thank the Jets.
    I dont know what these fatheads are thinking about. Leon Washington is dangerous if he can carry the ball on limited nbrs, he wears down.
    I dont get the Shonn Green hype, it was TJ who took all the pounding, going to be fun, besides the premier OLine, the Jets run game will go south, and good luck with Sanchez, when he is forced to throw.

  5. jj jones says: Mar 2, 2010 10:17 AM

    Thomas Jones will be a Redskin by this time next week.

  6. DonTerrelli says: Mar 2, 2010 10:25 AM

    Thomas Jones is to the Jets what Bill Murray was to Caddyshack.

  7. downwithdansnyder says: Mar 2, 2010 10:27 AM

    Hopefully it will sit better with the ‘Skins fans. This sure would be a good two year pick up.

  8. thegoldengod says: Mar 2, 2010 10:29 AM

    Greene/Washington both have a higher upside and value to the Jets. Jones locker room presence will be missed, but as long as his production is replaced on the field the o-line and team will be fine. —5.8 million this season for a guy who lacks explosiveness and youth is not much of a bargain.
    Gholston is good enough to be on that team and get mins…but the fact that he doesn’t start/is not a dominant player/not a leader…that is what forms the resentment for his contract.
    Its the system.

  9. Cougar Bait says: Mar 2, 2010 10:31 AM

    Vernon Gholston is yet another reason why, during these labor negotiations, a rookie wage scale needs to be enacted.

  10. Nevisyakker says: Mar 2, 2010 10:36 AM

    The other place he will be missed is by Sanchez. Jones is a veteran player who understands pass protection responsibilities and doesn’t hide when it is time to stick his facemask into the chest of a blitzing LB.
    They see Sanchez as the center piece for the team, but when he gets broken in two by a blind side hit they may wish they still had Jones available.

  11. scrapdawg12 says: Mar 2, 2010 10:36 AM

    I think its a bad move. Jets are not paying him all that much and he just had 1400 yards. You can’t ask someone who ran for 1400 yards to take a pay cut. That’s RIDICULOUS!

  12. Emiliooo says: Mar 2, 2010 10:44 AM

    Thomas Jones is to running back like junk food is to Rex Ryan.
    No sympathy for the Jests… they sign every available nearly washed up FA to big stupid contracts, and then I’m supposed to feel sorry for them when they are forced to cut decent players afterwards?? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

  13. Wick says: Mar 2, 2010 10:47 AM

    I don’t see it happening, but Thomas Jones would be a perfect Pittsburgh Steeler.
    Heart, determination, sack and raised not far from Pittsburgh. Mendenhall also still has a number of questions that remain outstanding.
    Won’t happen — but ya can’t blame a guy for wishing.

  14. TSE says: Mar 2, 2010 10:49 AM

    So, Ryan Leaf is a guy who you couldn’t put a price on, but that didn’t mean a good thing! I think Damien Woody is looking for a polite way of saying “Look this dude isn’t really that great or important to the team and I could really care less about this situation, so take this cookie cutter lame sentiment and let’s move on with more important issues”.

  15. Gam(e)_is_on says: Mar 2, 2010 10:49 AM

    So the JETS will cut Thomas Jones, the only place a 2 rd. tender on Leon Washington and then are ready to make Shonn Greene the feature back.
    Wasn’t Leon Washington and Shonn Greene supposed to tandem in ’10.
    They loose LW in FA – the JETS will be down to one good back.
    That’s a pretty big gamble for a team who is supposed to content in ’10. just to save the salary of 4mill….. and then in an uncapped year.
    Unless they make RB a priority in the draft.

  16. Teek says: Mar 2, 2010 10:51 AM

    Players should be mad at themselves for agreeing to labor deals that: reward unproven college players instead of proven pro players; give teams the right to pay players less than market value thanks to franchise tags; allow for contracts that can be broken at any time by teams but can’t be broken at any time by players; allow teams to scare away potential suitors (and higher salaries) by forcing teams to give up draft picks for signing a player.

  17. Crowder911 says: Mar 2, 2010 10:52 AM

    GOLDENGOD
    how many games would your JESTS have won without Jones???
    and way take a paycut when he is the Jets running game.
    if Braylon Edwards could hold to the ball he might be able to run the ball. LoL

  18. Crowder911 says: Mar 2, 2010 10:54 AM

    by the way there is no cap so why not spending a few bucks on Thomas Jones after overpaying for pretty much every overhyped Free Agency.
    I would ask Calvin Pace, Maggie Bart Scott, Faneca for paycuts before asking Thomas Jones

  19. realitypolice says: Mar 2, 2010 11:01 AM

    Iain says:
    March 2, 2010 10:06 AM
    Perhaps the players should instead by asking why a supposed “leader” like Jones is taking the selfish decision to leave in search of more money for himself instead of taking the offer on the table from the Jets to take a paycut and remain on the team.
    ==============================
    Posts like this drive me absolutely insane. I don’t know what, if anything, you do for a living, but if you came out of 2009 knowing that you had had the most productive year of your career for your company, and you were rewarded by your boss coming to you and saying- “congratulations, now take a giant pay cut or you’re fired.” are you saying you would say “yes sir, thank you sir, anything for the company, sir.”
    I respect the right of the Jets to what they feel they have to do to keep their financial house in order. But I also respect the right of Thomas Jones to go out and seek the deal he deserves.

  20. blacktoothgrin says: Mar 2, 2010 11:01 AM

    “scrapdawg12 says:
    March 2, 2010 10:36 AM
    I think its a bad move. Jets are not paying him all that much and he just had 1400 yards. You can’t ask someone who ran for 1400 yards to take a pay cut. That’s RIDICULOUS!”
    Exactly, if a player has a crappy season then yeah he should take a pay cut (Gholston or the grandaddy of them all, Jamarcus). But when a guy busts his ass, has 1400 yards and is a great team leader, then he shouln’t be asked to take a pay cut. If you busted your ass at work and had a great year, and your boss wanted you to take a pay cut you’d be pissed too. $5.8 million is pocket change for the Jets, it’s not like they are going to go under if Jones doesn’t take a cut. If they miss the play offs because Greene and Washington don’t pan out, then they get what they deserve.

  21. recent says: Mar 2, 2010 11:06 AM

    They paid about $2 million combined last year for Jones, Washington and Greene to lead the league in rushing, surely they can give Jones some money this year.
    If not because they think he will be the #1 guy this year, do it because he was underpaid last year and means a lot to the locker room.
    Hard to say the team is like a family when you disown your father over money.

  22. kuhawks28 says: Mar 2, 2010 11:13 AM

    As a Chiefs fan, playing a team with a back like Thomas Jones is like pissing at a urinal next to Peter North.

  23. Steelbird says: Mar 2, 2010 11:13 AM

    Come on over to the Steelers TJ. Mendenhall could learn a few things from you!

  24. tombrookshire says: Mar 2, 2010 11:21 AM

    As NFL teams further (d)evolve into monolithic corporations, what players think or want becomes irrelevant. Like the rest of us, players will shut up and do their jobs or risk losing them, whether they make a million dollars a year or $30,000 like we fans.

  25. TheDPR says: Mar 2, 2010 11:21 AM

    I’d love to see Thomas Jones with the Eagles.

  26. Dolphinatic says: Mar 2, 2010 11:22 AM

    They had to cut him. Jones is 32 and though he had a good yr the tread is too close to the steel belting. He is asking for a multi yr deal and wants 5+mil per yr. They had to cut him.

  27. azbears says: Mar 2, 2010 11:28 AM

    This is by far one of the dumbest moves made of the off season. TJ is a great player and never causes any trouble like a lot of other players.
    I hope the J.E.T.S don’t even close to the play-offs….
    Anyone want a hotdog

  28. the mush says: Mar 2, 2010 11:31 AM

    Jets got cute with his contract because they, like Rosenthal, think they can judge him by the year he was born. Iain, where was management last year when he wanted to restructure? He was one of the most underpaid “leaders” in the league last year, yet you didn’t hear him whining. He sat out OTA’s as is his right then went to work.
    Ask the Bears how cutting out the heart of their offense has worked out the past 3 years? Sanchez and the Jets will miss his passblocking, durability, and sure hands; qualities Belichick and Parcells value I’m sure.

  29. oldschool says: Mar 2, 2010 11:41 AM

    Vernon Gholsten must be Ryan’s body guard and driver to the all you can eat buffets …..

  30. SATAN567 says: Mar 2, 2010 11:48 AM

    Everybody seems to want this guy on their team except for New York. Rex Ryan may know defense inside and out, but he doesn’t know a thing about offense. What a shit move.

  31. irishmac says: Mar 2, 2010 12:01 PM

    @realitypolice
    Exactly! People blame the players for being disloyal when they hold out for contracts or refuse to take paycuts when they should really be questioning the loyalty of the team. Nobody calls a team disloyal for refusing to restructure the contract of a player who holds out for more money. The player is viewed as selfish for not honoring the original contract he signed. It’s ridiculous that when signing the contract only one side of the deal is forced to hold to the agreement.
    A team is concerned with doing whats in its self interest, and I have no problem with players looking out for their own self interest. There are too many cases like this where a hardworking player is jerked around by the team. Vince Wilfork is another example of a player who played out his entire rookie contract even though his value was way higher than what the Patriots were paying for him. Now that it’s time to reach a new deal and receive those dollars he’s earned over the years, the Patriots hold out and slap him with the franchise tag.
    Loyalty is not a one way street.

  32. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 2, 2010 12:08 PM

    Vernon Gholsten is a beast he had 17 tackles and 0 sacks ALL YEAR

  33. Adam says: Mar 2, 2010 12:12 PM

    It sucks he was cut, but the Jets’ve been good in the draft the last couple years..cept for Gholston. But, maybe the guy gets better this year.
    Sucks that a guy as good as Jones is a journey man.

  34. ingreenmts says: Mar 2, 2010 12:12 PM

    It is the line that made Jones good. Having watched Jones dance in the backfield, it was thrilling to see Greene run over defenses. Jones is worn down and at his age not worth what he wants. If your team takes him, you better have a great o line or he won’t last through half the season.

  35. BrownsTown says: Mar 2, 2010 12:13 PM

    If an unnamed player is cracking his teammates, you can rest assured that it’s Braylon. That coward is renowned for sniping at his teammates.

  36. oraph says: Mar 2, 2010 12:21 PM

    you cant really blame the jets on this.. Yes jones is not done.. but he will be soon ~2 more years?
    he wants a long term deal at 30 y old?.. that just will not happen.
    Jets have one of the best O lines in the league… anyone can look good behind that line and they want to know what they have in the young guys.
    Look for them to bring in an older back at a vet min.. to tutor the young guys.

  37. thegoldengod says: Mar 2, 2010 12:27 PM

    “GOLDENGOD
    how many games would your JESTS have won without Jones???
    and way take a paycut when he is the Jets running game.
    if Braylon Edwards could hold to the ball he might be able to run the ball. LoL” –Crowder911
    —Shonn Greene was the Jets offense in the postseason (while the phins were at home). Jones can be replaced and upgraded…the team still will need to add a 3rd back that can contribute.
    And hate on Braylon all you want, but he made some big plays for the Jets and opened up the running game to a new level. He isn’t the ideal #1 with the shaky hands, but he is a valuable asset in an offseason when the Jets can’t go out and make a big addition to the offense.
    —Calvin Pace, Faneca, and Bart Scott have all earned their money thus far. The only bad pick up over the past few seasons has been Gholston (draft pick) and the Trade for Lito Shepperd. Heck…if Lito had worked out, the Jets may have been playing the Saints in the Superbowl.
    …and there is one player Leon will always block/light up—Channing Crowder…some more of the UF trash—good riddance Lito as well.

  38. raw B says: Mar 2, 2010 12:54 PM

    TheDPR says:
    March 2, 2010 11:21 AM
    I’d love to see Thomas Jones with the Eagles.
    Beat me to it, him or chester taylor.

  39. Robj says: Mar 2, 2010 1:43 PM

    Thomas Jones had a great year, true.
    …but by the end of the year Shonn Greene was the starter (and looked GREAT).
    You don’t pay a 32 yr old backup Running Back almost 6 million dollars.
    That’s just not good business.
    Tomlinson has show us how quickly an aging Back can go from dominant to pedestrian.

  40. Dealer says: Mar 2, 2010 2:11 PM

    Exactly Robj,
    The Jets avoid the mistake San Diego made with LT last year – pure and simple.

  41. Nard100 says: Mar 2, 2010 2:38 PM

    Woody Jones is to owners what Schwarzenegger was to the Batman franchise – a pretender. Jets fans, enjoy mediocrity AGAIN!

  42. paranoidandroid says: Mar 2, 2010 5:14 PM

    Statistics back it up but when backs hit the 30-wall they tend to decline. Sure, some hang on and spell starters but they don’t get the workload they once did.
    This is a business and the Jets made a business decision.

  43. TheRamshackler says: Mar 2, 2010 5:37 PM

    If any of you watched the Jets late season/ in the post season, you would would know that Greene was the heart of that offense. Jones performed below average, and looked skiddish during that stretch. Shaun Greene and Leon Washington are the future of the Jets.
    Also, Nard100, his name is Woody Johnson. Nice one.

  44. TheWizard says: Mar 2, 2010 6:08 PM

    Players should be mad at themselves for agreeing to labor deals that: reward unproven college playersBingo

  45. TheTitanofNewYork says: Mar 3, 2010 2:15 PM

    He will test the market and the Jets will resign him at a lower cost…i hope…
    we need a veteran…we want him on the field, we need him on the field…

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