Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Thomas Jones Back at OTA's

By Conor Galvin

Last Wednesday, Thomas Jones agent Drew Rosenhaus said on Twitter that the disgruntled running back will end his holdout and report to the Jets workouts. Well, Jones and Rosenhaus stuck to their word as Jones reported to Jets OTA's today. Jones has been unhappy about his contract so he was skipping the voluntary workouts. With the workout being closed to the media today, Jones will be their Thursday talking to the media about his holdout.

Jones,30, is entering his third year of a four year, $20 million dollar, contract he signed with the Jets back in 2007 after being traded from the Bears. Jones is only expected to make $900,000 this year even though he has been paid over $13.1 million over his first two seasons. Jones is coming off a Pro Bowl year leading the AFC in rushing with 1,312 yards and also had a career best with 13 rushing touchdowns.
With Jones back the Jets won't have to worry about rookie Shonn Grenne and second year back Danny Woodhead taking carries with the first team. With new head coach Rex Ryan the Jets are going to run in a "all weather" offense. This means the Jets will run the ball a lot and Jones will have to be a big contributer on the offense. Now that Jones is hear thats one less running back problem the Jets will have to face.

Backup running back and special teams stud Leon Washington is also holding out because of a contract situation. Washington is looking for a contract that is paying him at least 6 million a season. He wants this money because other running backs such as Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren Sproles are making this money. Stay tuned as I'll have more information on Leon's issue and enjoy the rest of the website.

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