Jets nearing 'decision' on Thomas Jones

INDIANAPOLIS -- New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum was vague on running back Thomas Jones' future with the club but delivered what sounded like a sentimental send-off.


Jones"Nothing really has been finalized on T.J.," Tannenbaum said Friday at the NFL scouting combine in Lucas Oil Stadium. "We're getting closer to a decision there, but nothing's been finalized yet."

Notice that Tannenbaum used the word "decision" and not "agreement."

Jones rushed for 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns last year, but he is due a $3 million roster bonus in a couple of weeks and has a base salary of $2.8 million. He will turn 32 in training camp.

"All I can say is I'm really fortunate we traded for him three years ago," Tannenbaum said. "He's done a lot of great things for us on the field and even more off the field. He's really been our leader, a tireless worker. He's a really good player and a better person."

The Jets can afford to part ways with Jones because they have Shonn Greene and Leon Washington. When Jones started to show his age in December, Green took over the job in the postseason and was phenomenal.

Tannenbaum noted Washington continues to recover from his broken leg and has been doing underwater treadmill work at the team's facility in Florham Park, N.J.

"He should be ready to go by opening day," Tannenbaum said.