Matt Jones’ agent asks for his client to be released

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Running back Matt Jones reported to work in Washington on Tuesday for the first time this offseason, but his presence at mandatory minicamp doesn’t appear to be an indication that he wants to remain on the Redskins.

Jones’ agent Hadley Engelhard told the Associated Press that he asked the team “very politely” to release Jones and make him a free agent. Jones did not play in the final nine games of the 2016 season after the team bumped Rob Kelley up to the lead role in the backfield and the Redskins drafted Samaje Perine in April to push Jones further down the depth chart.

“Let’s move on,” Engelhard said. “We’re hoping [team president Bruce Allen] sees the light and does the gentleman thing and release Matt. … He’s a healthy scratch. All the writing’s on the wall that he’s going to be released. Is Bruce waiting for a team to have a devastating injury that’s in dire straits to make a trade? I guess you can do that. But you’re messing with someone’s mind, for lack of a better term.”

Jones did not make the same plea on Tuesday, saying that he is “going to work like I’m on the team and play like I’m on the team.” For now, he is indeed on the team but it doesn’t look like anyone in his camp will be upset when and if that changes.

11 responses to “Matt Jones’ agent asks for his client to be released

  1. Hold on to him. What if one of our RBs has a devastating injury in training camp? We would look pretty stupid if we released him. It costs us nothing to keep him until the final roster trim down. If he really wants to play NFL football man up and beat someone out for a roster spot!

  2. A lot of press coverage for a guy who plays a dime-a-dozen position, who fumbles a lot, who runs upright and always wants to bounce to the outside (even though he weighs 230). He just sounds like one of 50 RB’s who try and fail every year.

  3. How is it messing with a player’s mind when you are paying them the agreed amount in a contract that was signed by said player? Running back depth is key in the NFL and the Skins have Rob Kelley and an unproven rookie. I would not just cut him either. He is too valuable an asset at this point.

  4. “”celticsforever says:
    Jun 14, 2017 11:37 AM
    A lot of press coverage for a guy who plays a dime-a-dozen position, who fumbles a lot, who runs upright and always wants to bounce to the outside (even though he weighs 230).””

    Totally agree having watched every game he was in. I think best scenario is to find a similar RB on another squad, and make an equalish trade. Would motivate both RBs and keep our depth.

    Would be nice, too, if Keith Marshall could develop as fast as he runs. Kelley and Perine are so similar, Thompson is 3rd down ace, Mack Brown seems fairly well rounded but not ready, but we have no burner of a back without Marshall.

  5. This guy didn’t see the field for the last half of the season in 2016. In effect he was taking up a roster spot that could have gone to someone who got playing time. Why not let him go?

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