The dire news that came out of Friday’s automobile accident involving Giants rookie safety Chad Jones has yielded to optimism, with doctors not only saving Jones’ badly-injured leg but also giving his family and agent cause to believe that Jones will walk again and, eventually, run.
But it doesn’t mean that Jones ever will play football again. Per Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, agent Rocky Arceneaux says that Jones has not ruled out ditching football for baseball, since baseball would result in less stress on the leg.
It makes sense, but Arceneaux would be wise to be a bit more coy at this point. The Giants have yet to publicly commit to paying Jones his $320,000 while he presumably spends the entire 2010 season on the non-football injury/illness list. If Jones eventually could play football but chooses not to do so, he could be required to pay back all or part of his $848,000 signing bonus.
It’s possible that Jones, a pitcher and outfielder on LSU’s College World Series-winning team, ultimately could be medically cleared to play baseball but not football, given the fundamental differences between the sports. Arceneaux should using terms like that if he sees fit to talk about Jones possibly playing baseball instead of football.
Even better, Arceneaux should be saying nothing at all about the difficult choice that Jones may eventually have to make.