Giants in close touch with Chad Jones

The New York Giants have been keeping in close touch with rookie safety Chad Jones, who suffered a serious leg injury in a Friday automobile accident.

Ohm Youngmisuk of reports that Giants director of player development Charles Way has visited Jones in the hospital, and that both coach Tom Coughlin and G.M. Jerry Reese have spoken to him by phone.

With Jones out of critical condition and his agent suggesting that Jones may eventually run again, it’s time to give initial consideration to the potential football and financial impact of the situation.

With 2008 first-rounder Kenny Phillips’ short-term and long-term status still up in the air after missing most of the 2009 season due to a serious knee injury, Jones hardly represented a luxury pick in round three.  Even with Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant added via free agency, the Giants need depth — and youth — in their last line of defense.  Though Jones could still become a contributor in the future, it would be unrealistic to expect anything from him in 2010.

Though the injury occurred as Jones was ending a detour along streetcar tracks, something Rosenthal (who went to Tulane) explains has become an unfortunate driving hobby in New Orleans, the Giants have no cause to recover any of his $800,000-plus signing bonus, since under the current labor deal signing bonus money can be recovered only in the event of a holdout, a retirement, or a violation of the steroids policy.

But the Giants could, if they so choose, decline to pay Jones his base salary of $320,000 for 2010.  Barring a miraculous recovery and rehab, Jones will land on the non-football illness/injury list.  For players unable to play due to an injury incurred on their own time, the team can choose to pay the salary — or not to pay it.  When Pats linebacker Tedy Bruschi missed time after suffering a stroke, the team paid his salary.  When former Chargers linebacker Steve Foley’s career ended after being shot multiple times by an overly aggressive off-duty police officer, the Chargers cut Foley off.  (The Chargers also sued Foley for recovery of $416,000 in signing bonus money, a maneuver that was available under the pre-2006 labor agreement.)

We’d be surprised if the Giants don’t pay Jones.  Even though he was behaving recklessly, they thought enough of the former two-sport LSU star to make him a third-round pick, and they surely don’t want to poison him against the franchise over a relatively small amount of cash.

Also, we’ve got a feeling that Reese and Coughlin are far more inclined than Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith to show compassion and understanding.

19 responses to “Giants in close touch with Chad Jones

  1. The kid is gonna need all the money he can get his hands on. Hopefully, they’ll honor the contract and throw him a bone.
    Big shocker about the Chargers. Once a bunch of low life scumbags, always a bunch of low life scumbags

  2. The Giants will pay him his 2010 salary, because the Giants are a fair team.

  3. If they’re looking to not poison me against the franchise, I’ll accept half his $320K.

  4. The Giants usually handle things the right way, so I think they will help him out. I hope so, at least.

  5. I’m sure the Giants will pay the kid. But as for the cause, the streetcar tracks are part of the street in that area of town. It’s not like he was hopping onto the median and driving along. Some parts of town they are in the median but not there.

  6. WOW,i know its a business and all,but that tid bit about the chargers was a little shocking,what a bunch of a holes

  7. What he did was stupid but it’s not as if he were riding a motorcycle without a helmet and got hurt, OR riding a motorcycle and doing wheelies and got hurt, OR bar-hopping with a gun in his pants and got hurt, OR driving a car while Drinking Drank, OR picking a fight in a bar and getting punched out because somebody said something that ticked him off … etc.
    This situation is just different, calls for compassion and support. So he’s out of critical condition, there’s still no way of knowing, regardless of the opinions of his agent, what the long term outlook will be. He’s going to need that money.
    The Giants will pay him because it’s the right thing to do.

  8. To be honest I think 800K is plently compensation for doing absolutely nothing this year, some of us little people have to work EVERY DAY for years and years to make 800 thousand dollars! and it’s not the giants fault that he did something foolish as evident by the police citing him in the incident and now the Giants are left with a depth problem at safety AGAIN!
    How many people working in the real world struggling to just survive every day would be “compensated” and paid their salary for getting in a car wreck? The average person would have to go on state disability and whatever “happens” happpens right? to bad for the worker bee’s right?
    I guess only athletes have the god given right to be outraged over not being paid for not working.
    Oh ! and the millions of welfare leaches too.
    They get outraged alot also…LOL!

  9. After they find out his was DUI…….it’s all over for him and football.
    Some of these guys are freaking morons!

  10. And you know it was a dui because………..
    Ah, the wonders of the internet. Any anonymous jerk can open his piehole.

  11. The Giants are a classy organization who actually care about their players unlike the Redskins. They will take care of the kid. Look at what they did for their left guard Rich Seubert.

  12. But wasn’t Foley a major trouble-maker and this was just the last straw with him?

  13. Brad Nelson was an offensive lineman for the G-Men when they won Super Bowl XXI back in January of 1987. He came down later with Hodgen’s(sp) Disease and missed the next season while undergoing treatment.
    He was paid his full salary the season he was out.
    Doug Kotar was a full-back for the Giants back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. He came down with brain cancer while as a player and tragically died. A close friend of HOF Harry Carson who later dedicated his book, Point of Attack, to Kotar’s memory. Every medical bill he had was paid for by the Giants along with his funeral expenses, if I remember correctly.
    The Giants will take care of Chad Jones. If Wellington Mara were still alive this question of payment would not even have come up.
    Heal completely and quicker than anyone thinks, Chad.

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