When the Chiefs lost their Wild Card game against the Ravens, running back Thomas Jones said he wasn’t sure if he’d return in 2011.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley confirmed to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star that Jones will indeed be back.
“I couldn’t be more excited about what Thomas Jones has brought to this team both as a player and as a leader,” Haley said. “He’s the epitome of the same guy every day. We’ve got a little plan for Thomas that I’m excited about getting to. I’m excited to have Thomas back. He’s a big part of what we’re doing.”
Jones averaged less than three yards-per-carry from November on after a strong start and wound up with 245 carries. Perhaps he helped keep Jamaal Charles fresh and set a good example, but Jones’ carries should be reduced significantly next season.
Jones is due $2.9 million in total pay for 2012.