Jets want RB Jones to stay at lower rate


INDIANAPOLIS -- The New York Jets still want Thomas Jones in their backfield next year.

But not at the price tag included in his contract. Despite rushing for 2,714 yards and 27 touchdowns the past two seasons, the Jets need him to take a pay cut.

Newark Star-Ledger reporter Dave Hutchinson writes general manager Mike Tannenbaum has been in negotiations with Jones' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and will meet at the NFL scouting combine this week in Indianapolis to discuss restructuring a contract that includes a $3 million roster bonus in a couple of weeks and a base salary of $2.8 million.

The problem isn't Jones' production, it's how his future projects. He will turn 32 at training camp, and his stats flagged in the playoffs.

Hutchinson notes the Jets are confident they can move on without Jones if need be because they have an offensive lines that featured three Pro Bowlers, running back Leon Washington is returning a broken leg and Shonn Greene punctuated his rookie season with an impressive postseason, making Jones look even more faded in January.

In three playoff games, Jones ran 45 times for 117 yards and one touchdown (a point-blank attempt at the goal line). Greene rushed 54 times for 304 yards and touchdown runs of 39 yards and 53 yards.