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RB Thomas Jones Unlikely to Get a New Deal From Jets

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Word is the Jets are not going to wheel and deal with a new deal for RB Thomas Jones. Here’s the story from

Fresh off the first Pro Bowl season of his career, Thomas Jones is looking to cash in. The 30-year-old has missed the start of the Jets’ voluntary offseason program, and all indications point to contract discontentment as the reason. It’s not hard to see why. He’s scheduled to earn a base of just $900,000 with a $100,000 workout bonus in ’09, the third year of his four-year, $20 million deal he inked upon his arrival in New York from Chicago. When reached by telephone, Jones’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told PFW he had nothing to say on the matter. It’s just as likely that the Jets will have nothing to tell Jones regarding a pay raise.

New head coach Rex Ryan is philosophically opposed to renegotiating veteran contracts this far in advance, and GM Mike Tannenbaum’s track record is also one of playing hardball. When Tannenbaum has amended deals for players who request one, they’ve tended to be more cosmetic than practical, with the possible exception of Laveranues Coles’ restructured deal last offseason. Jones turns 31 in August, and running backs’ productivity tends to dip substantially after age 30. Making matters worse for Jones is that the Jets’ top priority is extending star return specialist and No. 2 RB Leon Washington.

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