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RB Jones could be released if he doesn’t take a pay cut

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The Jets have a very tough decision to make about running back Thomas Jones, who did go over 1400 yards last season, but seems destined for the chopping block. If the team cuts Jones, they need to make sure that Leon Washington is close to 100 percent, and they had better make sure Shonn Greene is ready to be a feature back in the NFL.

When it comes to Jones, Newark Star-Ledger reporter Dave Hutchinson writes today that the Jets and Jones’ agent will talk at the combine this weekend:

Although veteran running back Thomas Jones rushed for 1,402 and 14 touchdowns last season, both career-highs, he could be the next high-profile runner behind LaDainian Tomlinson and Brian Westbrook to be given his walking papers this offseason.

Jones, who turns 32 in August, is due to earn a $3 million roster bonus next month plus a $2.8 million base salary in 2010. The Jets want him to renegotiate his contract or they’ll likely release him.

The club and Jones’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have had discussions and the two sides are expected to talk this week at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

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