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GM Lauds TJ, Announces Strickland Release

Posted by Randy Lange on March 5, 2010 – 3:06 pm

The Jets, despite their Thursday late-night trade agreement with San Diego for CB Antonio Cromartie, have been quiet as predicted in the opening day of the free agency signing period that began at midnight today.

The only transactions the Jets have had were two released veterans. Thomas Jones’ expected release was announced by the team on Monday and has occurred today. GM Mike Tannenbaum, on a conference call that just began this afternoon, said, "I just want to start off by thanking Thomas for everything he’s done on and off the field."

Tannenbaum also said the Jets have released cornerback Donald Strickland, who arrived last year. And he confirmed that the trade with San Diego for CB Antonio Cromartie became official today.

We’ll have more on newyorkjets.com on Tannenbaum’s remarks and the first reaction from Cromartie on a conference call with Jets reporters that is still ahead. But for now, we’ll just wrap up the TJ situation with Mike T’s summary of Jones’ three seasons in green and white.

"In terms of respect and admiration, I’d put Thomas up on the very short list of guys who’ve ever been through our program," Tannenbaum said, "not only because of what he’s done on the field but the leadership he brought as well and the passion he played with."

Why then let Jones go? the GM was asked.

"When you factor in all the things that go into it — skill, budget, all the things you have to factor in even with no salary cap this year — you still have to make judgment calls for your roster," he said. "At the end of the day, we felt it was in the best interests of our roster, but it was still a very difficult decision."

And how about a decision to re-sign Jones, if both sides were to agree to that down the road?

"Yes, there certainly is a scenario where we would evaluate that," Tannenbaum said. "Right now, he’s looking at other opportunities, which we anticipated, and we’re doing the same. In our business, I would never rule out anything, but I know right now he’s looking at other opportunities."

The last major area of questioning on the Jones release was where it left the Jets’ "Ground and Pound" attack, with Jones’ 376 regular- and postseason carries removed from the equation in which remain second-year back Shonn Greene, rehabbing Leon Washington and untested Chauncey Washington.

"Looking at the continuum of opportunities, do I see us adding another player at the running back position? Within reason, at some point. It could be in the next 24 hours or it could be over Labor Day. It just depends on when we feel is the best opportunity," Tannenbaum said.

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63 Responses to “GM Lauds TJ, Announces Strickland Release”

  1. By Damone on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I cant believe we let go of the secret weapon “STRICK”.What is going on?!!I guess 3 good CB’s is all we need though…i hope!

  2. By Dee on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    way to go jets!! cut a 1400 yrd rusher with 1 yr left on his contract in an uncapped yr and then u have the nerve to keep calling me about PSL’s. I dont think so. Just when u thought the culture had changed. Back to the SAME OLD JETS!!!

  3. By Vincent on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I’m getting a good feeling TJ might be back coz not many teams want a 30 yr old RB, especially with Taylor and LT on the market and available at the same time. My 2 cents worth only…

  4. By DannyG on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    While I am very appreciative of the recent offseason moves of the past few years, including getting Cromartie, I have to question the release of Thomas Jones. Jones has been the workhorse of this team since Curtis Martin retired. Why, when Lito Sheppard and Vernon Gholston are costing so much yet contributing so little, keep them yet rid the team of a statistical and emotional leader?

  5. By Jakeberk on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Releasing Jones is a good move even though his leadership and experience will be missed. Late in the season Greene flashed signs of stardom with his speed and ability to run over defenders. He did benefit from a great offensive line, but his abilities are better suited with our line. Greene will be a star in this league and Jones was just in the way of Shonn becoming a premier back.

  6. By Ira on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I will be shocked if the Pats or SD don’t sign TJ. I also think Cle is showing interest in him. Sorry its come to this. C. Taylor got a 4 yr deal for 12.5 and 7 guaranteed in year one. and he is 29 yrs old. TJ 2 years older is worth a 2 yr 5 mill deal. TJ would’ve been a good mentor for AC also. I wish TJ the best wherever he winds up. The Jets will still draft a CB to play nickel. Now lets hope nobody offers Leon a deal and contract.

  7. By Da Jets.. on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Cromartie awsome… Knew they would drop TJ, thought they would pick him back up. They need to adjust Leon Washingtons comp and get TJ back before hes gone. You put him in the Red Zone and the man scores. Leon is a question mark and would probably take atleast a season to get him going again. Da Jets.

  8. By NYsFINEST on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Way to slap a star RB in the face! After a probowl season and having amazing productive years since his tenure with the Jets, you release him!!! The man made $900,000 base salary in 2009, and just when he is due his bonus he gets released! What kind of message does that send to the other players! Pay the man the money he deserves and retain the core of the chemistry that got us to the AFC Championship game!!!

  9. By uncle joe on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    People,TJ played behind the best line in the NFL,on a team that ran the ball more than almost any team in the NFL and he only gained 1400 yards,Come on already.Everyone liked him,like they liked Curtis Martin and every body else.My mother can gain 1400 hundred yards behind this line,on an offense that is never down by more than 6 points because the Defense is great.If you pay TJ,then you gotta give everyone a raise,give the money to the O-Line and let anyone run the ball!

  10. By Harv on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Good job fellas lettin go 1,400 yard rusher. I’m sure greene is gonna be good but from what you here TJ was the leader in locker room. Hope its not “Same old jets” Sign leon!! GOOD LUCK TJ!!. I bet you TJ ends up with the Pats

  11. By Rocco on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Mike T, shame on you for releasing TJ with a year left,Its uncapped,apparently a 32 year old who runs 1400 yards,doesn’t fumble and is always healthy is not worth the investment.Were very close,well were. Sombody better be talking to TJ NOW about resigning,
    Dissapointed in Canada

  12. By Leininger222 on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I think that Green looked like a beast in the playoffs but we should have another option at RB, Strick was over paid, I would like to see us add a good 3rd CB maybe even draft one. We need another good WR and a DE, but you so called fans have got to stop knocking the Jets and there decisions, because they are actively trying to improve our team. Gooo Jets!!

  13. By Not even a TJ fan on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Why do people not respect thomas jones the dudes lead the AFC in rushing yards in the last 2 years just about not to mention the dudes made of steeel. He himself said this season that he sees himself having atleast 5 more healthy seasons in him and sees himself retiring at 35. As true as it is that a 30 year old RB is not the most appealing out there, hes got skills, if you look at his rushing attempts and yardage in comparison with every other running back in the league, hes just better.

  14. By Jeremy on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Best of luck to TJ, guy is a complete stud; he’s built like a machine, doesn’t fumble, doesn’t get hurt, rushes against 8 or 9 all the time, and he seems to be getting better year after year. I think this is one of the worst decisions I’ve seen the JETS make, drafting VG is up there too, but what really hurts is the fact that they can afford to keep him-it’s an uncapped year! Man up and pay the guy!

  15. By wayne chinloy on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    We need TJ for continuity in the locker room and on the field. I’m a Jet fan since 1968 and am tired of losing. We have a shot with TJ don’t blow it M.Tannerbaum if we regress , It’s on you.

  16. By Chandler on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    We are going to RUN RUN RUN the ball and you let TJ go in an uncapped year. COME ON. Greene looks like the real deal, but that wasn’t a full season for him. Jones needed to be resigned. As for Sheppard and Stickland…I would have liked to see Stickland kept. Lowery is still there as is Coleman, but Stickland would have been ahead of both of them in the Nickel or Dime.
    Also why isn’t Gholston or Westerman being used as a DE who can rush the passer? Didnt they play in that in college??

  17. By Bump on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Listen up all you TJ lovers, yes he was great for us but great move by Tanny here. What happens at the start of next year when his well has run dry in the first month. This is called forecasting. No way he can do it again so why waste the year with him at tailback. Add a guy late in the draft with young legs or find one that was released thats relatively young like Mike Bell. With our line almost anyone can run through it – that wont have dead legs

  18. By Jetsss on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Absolute Joke….30 mins from Super Bowl and release TJ in an uncapped year…..and he again just talks in riddles….I feel sick. This was the best I’ve felt for an upcoming season since 98 and now this….

  19. By dave on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    TJ may re-sign. I’m sure he remembers how well he did 3 years ago with a questionable line, and come back for less money, to stay with our front 5. Now, will the pats drop adelius T? we still need another corner, another receiver, and some pass rush help and a blocking tight end. Not to mention they should resign Douglas. too many needs to have to worry about signing another running back, and with our game plan, 3 good backs are a must. Now lets hope no one signs leon as ira so mentioned!!

  20. By Clarke W. Griswald on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Man thier are Jets fans and thier are Jets fans. I think the kind of waves this team has been making around the league since Tannenbaum took over, are nothing short of amazing.I’ve got a cousin who’s a “Jets fan” and no matter what they do it was a bad move… “Oh Sanchez you mean the guy with no arm?” They just went to the title game and held the number 1 defense and number 1 rushing attack all season and got a 25 year old stud corner for a bag of peanuts… next year.

  21. By Clarke W. Griswald on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    What TJ does deserve is respect, he was a huge leader on an offense that had one hand tied behind there back with a rookie quarterback. What he doesn’t deserve is 6 million dollars for one season. He’s 32 and behind the highest paid offensive line in the nfl, he did not get the most rushing yards, heck he didn’t even come in second. So he deserves respect… but not 6 mill, all good things come to an end it’s time to put him out to stud.

  22. By John Garbarin on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Any Jets fan with brains would agree.
    We should match any reasonable offer for Jones.
    Get him back on the team.
    And then let him know how much we appreciate him on opening day.
    Dude like this is what you buld a team around

  23. By Voice of Reason on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Why release a guy who ran for 1,400 yds in an uncapped year when you are limited in FA and with draft picks? Also–he was the ultimate team player and this sends the wrong message. Good locker room guys should be rewarded for their efforts and not nickel and dimed out of money. The Jets should have sent a vote of support for players who are effective and solid citizens. Good move on Cromartie, terrible call on TJ.

  24. By Christopher on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    What makes this even worse….how much are they paying Gholston to sit on the bench? Coulda released him and easily paid TJ…for every decent move Mike T makes there is an equal or greater bad move. Think of how many guys (i.e. Leon Washigton, Brad Smith, Wallace Wright) who really contribute, and can’t get paid because the Jets are paying Gholston.

  25. By dougmc on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    We probably pick up RB or DB with 5th round pick and get(WR) Tate or D-lineman with 1st rounder Same in 2nd round or Safety.Combine was deep at all those positions and w/ start we made with Cromartie, free agency should be good.Hopefully we get Jones back. Great Year we had could become common if we make these key accusitions this year.Pass rusher is primary target.Speed receiver is secondary and I can’t spell turshiary…GO JETS…J-E-T-S…JetsJetsJets…

  26. By Cozad on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    TJ was a great running back, but he was running behind the line of Faneca, Woody, and Mangold. For the jets future, Shonn Green, provided he can hold onto the ball, will be the best man for the job. We all know Leon is dynamite when he gets the ball as well, so cheer up all you Jets fans! I’ve never been prouder to be a Jets fan! Go Gang Green!

  27. By scott on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    as usual it all comes down to money all the money they have 3 million is pennies to them suck it up and pay you cheep billionaires

  28. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Bump, I think your post’s the best one here. You don’t wait for a guy to be done to move him, you do it when he’s still worth something. And when he doesn’t think he deserves an amount of $ that’ll let you sign two or more younger players at his position. As for you guys talking about how TJ never gets hurt, he got hurt this year when we needed him most, the last 4 or 5 games. Nothing personal against him but as Bump says, you gotta forecast. Plus he may not’ve liked taking a back seat to SG.

  29. By scjoe on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I would be open to a TJ return if a salary agreement could be reached, but I also believe TJ can be replaced, and more then likely upgraded through the draft, and let’s not forget Chauncey Washington, he has nice size and decent speed and can be an upgrade to TJ by himself. I am still hoping for a DE in round 1. But a trade up a few spots if Taylor Mays was still available would be good too.

  30. By Kyle on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Bad move releasing TJ. Why is VG still on the team if the reason for releasing TJ is “budget”? Also why release Strickland over Shepard? Strickland showed flashes. Shepard flat out cannot play man.

  31. By Kyle on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    … just realized they released Shepard too. At least they did something right.

  32. By PZJET on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Chandler, I sad;y agree. Jones should be kept, for who knows what might happen with L. Washington, Greene, or even C. Washington. Strickland should have also been kept; releasing Sheppard then Strickland. Where’s Boomer and the NFL Countdown crew: “C’MON MAN!”

  33. By Jimmer on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    So much for the ground and pound. 1 powerful back with few carries on him is like saying Vick is a dog lover. Better be another trade coming. Leon getting tendered as a 2nd may simply be class by MT to let him see what we’ll match. But giving KC a tender and Murrell, Green and Wright nothing stinks. We gave Cleveland our Special Teams for a reciever with butterfingers. So let’s just give the rest away for nothing. TJ was the sweat AND soul of this team for 3yrs, and we flushed him.

  34. By edK on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Now it’s TJ who is let go! Another great player (Vilma last year, etc, etc), who the Jets found, but refuse to pay for after a few years, and the franchise has suffered for it This has happened again and again over the years, and is the main reason I gave up my tickets after 41 years. I try to get excited over their good fortunes, but this lack of faith in great players , many after great/record breaking years, leaves me w/ a bad taste in my mouth. Good Luck TJ, I’m sure you’ll flourish.

  35. By Mark C on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    The release of TJ in an uncapped year has made me change my mind and I will not get season tickets this year…

  36. By PurlpleFlash on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t like the release of TJ one bit… This guy needs to be resigned. I understand that Shonne Greene is the heir apparent and will get the bulk of the carries next year. But we don’t need another back who can produce? Did we not wear TJ down with too many carries? Less would be okay. But not to have him? This is crazy.

  37. By Mr. Majic on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Thought its a sad day since we had to release TJ , which i’m still trying to understand,who rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his 3 seasons we must continue to push forward. hopefully shonne greene can play like he did in the playoffs and leon come back stronger than ever. like the fact that for once the J E T S are making moves in free agency. keep it up REX. just need a backup QB to help mentor Sanchez a lil more and we’ll be set. Delhomme been to 3 NFC championship games. Garcia is somewhere

  38. By Russell on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, I’m a fan of the defensive side of the ball. Can you tell me if you think DL Kroul and Steinkuhler can contribute to the Jets defense next season? I’m hoping the Jets resign DE Douglas. But with guys like Ellis, Jenkins and Douglas getting up there in years, I think the Jets should sign guys like DE Montgomery from GB for DL depth and OLB Porter, Mia to rush the passer and perhaps teach Gholston a thing or two. I’ve changed my mind. At # 29, the Jets should select OLB Hughes from TCU.

  39. By jets28 on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Why is Vernon Gholston still on the roster? I think TJ needs to be resigned to a new deal maybe 2-3 years I think he has something the other RBs don’t experience which we need.

  40. By poobah on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    tj has been great for the team. jets roster has him at 31. he turned down the opportunity to reneg. his 6mil. contract. let him go. if there’s no market for him he might be back but at a rational price. if he gets $$ somewhere, god bless him, he deserves whatever he can get

  41. By Jim on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    You have to know when to let good/old players go. He did get paid in the first two years of his contract. They will add someone or go with Chaunsey. Strickland was let go for health issues. Can’t stay on the field. Just like when he was in Indy. The Jets will draft a Dline and backup OL player. They will be just fine. Maybe even get another receiver. Jones was great for us but he is old and he got his money. Time to move on.

  42. By Mr. Green on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Ira, you keep saying TJ to SD or NE. However both these teams are shotgun passing teams. Sproles is back in SD and NE has not shown much interest. He is looking at Detroit, Cleveland & KC. Three losing teams. If he wants to win he will be back. It’s a business and TJ has put on a lot of carries in the last 3 seasons with the Jets. I would like to have him back, but not as the feature back. Our future may take 2 or 3 years and TJ will be done by then. SG needs to carry us.

  43. By raaed24 on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    ok release sheppard he was horrible keep strickland and you can do anything with jones

  44. By litos71 on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Bad move letting go of TJ. he was the heart and soul. Strickland is also a big lose. What is it with the Jets to let go of guys who perform when it counts.( TJ,Vilma,Strickland.) Cmon guys!

  45. By Anonymous on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    i say we get LT and keep shonn greene as a back up

  46. By Cooolone on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    TJ being let go will not effect Ground & Pound… You and I could get through those holes the “O” line creates and fact is, way too many of those holes were closing before he could get through them. TJ, may be a leader, but he’s no C.Martin who restructured his deal to make wiggle room for the TEAM and allow them to secure improvements where needed on the roster. Anyway, I like Greene & Washington and fear not the loss of TJ. Anyone carrying 300+ will approach 1,000 yards. GO JETS!

  47. By Randy Lange on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Russell, Matt Kroul and Ty Steinkuhler are still here, they’ve both got great attitudes, so yes, I think there’s a chance they’ll contribute in 2010.

  48. By Vincent on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    NFL TV thinks that since Taylor is gone the next RB to go will be TJ; above LT, L Johnson, etc who they argue are past their prime. I disagree – anyone wanting any of these guys wants a BACK-UP to a rookie/young RB & offer a salary accordingly. If I’m right, LT would prob be the choice. MrT may be smarter than we think. Other teams may be scared to get Leon since they don’t know about his leg and TJ may be asking for too much. So we may match any low-ball offer put on the table for TJ.

  49. By Bump on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    TJ lovers here, give it a rest already. I can see it now; Its late September and TJ is struggling, YOU ALL are whining about how we should have gotten rid of him while we could. Well then, this is “when we could? EDK is right , why wait to see visual proof when you dont have to here in this case. Get another pair of fresh legs. RB is the easiest position to fill. Denvers TD was a 5th rounder. All we really need on this team now is a pass rushing DE.

  50. By Kevin on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Re-sign Jones. Most fans want him back along with the guys in the locker room.

  51. By Tony B on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    One cant seriously think that TJ will be returning to the Jets for less money. If that were the case why not just take the paycut? Yea cut me so I dont get the roster bonus then resign me for less money. Kind of like the kid walkin around in school with the kick me hard sign on his back.As far as the notion that it was all about the line they go hand and hand they both make each other look good. Bottom line the man earned his money. When he asked for a raise last yr. the guy gave 110 pct. had

  52. By Tony B on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Cont. Best year stat. wise then whats his reward you let him go? makes no sense then you foolishly believe that you can give him a pay cut and he ll be happy with that? I beg to diff. And for all the guys saying well he is 30 yrs. old so he ll probably have a down yr.I guess you also predicted he d rush for 1400 and 14 td s. Maybe you did but if you did then you re in the wrong business you re wasting your talents. bottom line keep a good thing going and pay the man plain and simple.

  53. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Like your thinking, Vincent. TJ’s dreaming if he thinks he deserves feature back $ at this point. I also like seeing folks point out how slowly TJ gets through holes sometimes and how unable he is to break tackles at this point. Listening to some with this “Pay the man” nonsense (announcers said that about Leon before he got hurt, ignoring or unaware that he turned down TEN MIL FOR 2 YRS!, which he no way deserved) reminds me why we can’t balance the federal budget, just spend without thinking.

  54. By Mr. Green on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Vincent, there is no matching the offer for TJ. He was released, he can sign wherever he wants with no compensation to the Jets. LT might be a good option for the Jets to look into. He does many of the things Leon does like catching short passes out of the backfield. I still like Antwan Randle El as a slot back option. He should be available at a bargain price. I don’t know why TJ would even consider Detroit, KC or Cleveland unless it is just the money. Three teams going nowhere.

  55. By Tony B on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    if a guy rushes for over a thousand yds. 3 years in a row. Leads the league in rushing one of those years and then in the final year has the best year of his career dose nt miss a game within those 3 years why would he not consider himself a #1. Maybe the reason he slowed down a little at the end was because he had no releif and was a little banged up. Do you think SG will rush for 1400 this year ? Maybe but that remains to be seen. When did TJ say he had to be the #1 ? When did Leon turn down

  56. By Tony B on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    cont. turn down 10 million for two years? Find me a player who rushed for 1400 yards and is making less than 5.8 million and he didnt ask for a raise only what was in his contract. The year before he led the league in rushing and when he wanted a raise everybody was saying how greedy he was and he should play for the amount which his contract called for,now he dose nt say a word goes out has a career yr. gives a 120 pct. and you want him to take a pay cut? Whats wrong with that pic?

  57. By Vincent on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Mr Green – you’re right, that’s what I was trying to say all along but editing for 500 characters made it look like chopped liver. Let’s say TJ (now free to roam to whatever team he wants) gets an offer of $2mil per year from the Browns. His agent then informs the Jets of this (which a good agent should to get the best deal he can), the Jets may give TJ the $2mil plus something more for a return. Hope I expressed it better this time.

  58. By Namath12 on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    TJ was paid big up front in years 1 and 2. This is similar to losing Coles last year….we all love past performance and play, but TJ is 32 and has had a ton of carries. He is still good, but not good enough to pay the necessary dough to keep him. Also, this draft is loaded at RB, even into round 2 and 3. We need to move on here, unless Jones comes back for less and accepts a back-up role.

  59. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Tony B., when Leon got hurt it was widely reported that he turned down 10 mil for 2 yrs. I think he might’ve fired his agent shortly after, or maybe it was just so many people saying he should. I love what TJ’s done but what SG did in limited action highlights just how much TJ’s lost. He won’t get anywhere near 1400 yds on a team with a lesser line than ours, just watch the tape of him hitting the line at turtle speed and going down right away. We need several big, fast backs that we can rotate.

  60. By Ray on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Tony B., TJ was a consumate professional, but if you think SG can’t duplicate his success you weren’t watching. Barring injury of course, SG would have EASILY topped 1400 yds last year. He is a nightmare for defenses because he is a load to bring down and by the 2nd half they are tired of tackling him. That can also lead to injuries though. TJ is not a punishing runner, he was a slasher behind one of the best lines in football.

  61. By Tony B on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Why should it matter what a person was paid in his first 2 years if that s what his contract called for. What about the 3rd yr. when he made less than a million ? This is the contract he and the team agreed to. Why not focus on production instead of age? How many 25 26 year old backs rushed for 1400 yds. No doubt its a 2 back league and Im sure he d welcome less carries w/o complaining. After Leon got hurt and SG was in and out who else was left to tote the rock? For some reason the focus is on

  62. By Tony B on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    cont. the neg instead of the positives he s slow at getting to the hole he s this he s that but whats the bottom line 1400 & 14 . Durable and dependable did nt miss a start in his three yrs. and give 150 pct. every game what more can you want.

  63. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Tony B., “slow at getting to the hole” is about the biggest “neg” you can have, other than maybe “can’t break tackles.” And it’s not just about SG getting 1400 yds, it’s about how many yds in how many carries, his game-changing ability, and most of all how YOU CAN’T WIN WITH 1 RB! If Jones had been okay with the late-season demotion, which is what has been reported, a backfield of him, SG, Leon, C-Wash, a new guy, and T-Rich would be fine. But it seems that he wasn’t and we can use the $5.8 mil.

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