New York Jets Release Thomas Jones

The New York Jets will be without their leading rusher when the new National Football League season kicks off. The Jets management announced late Monday that running back Thomas Jones will become a free agent starting Friday. The decision surprised many of Jones’s teammates as the 31-year-old rushed for a career-best 1,402 yards last season.

A teammate who refused to divulge his identity said that the management’s decision “doesn’t make sense” considering what Jones did for the team last season. Veteran teammate Brandon Moore said Jones’s departure will create a “major void” in the team.

The team management has not divulged the reason behind the decision, but speculations are ripe that Jones was dumped for his refusal to accept a watered down version of a contract that would have given him $ 2.8 million in salaries next season plus a $ 3 million roster bonus that was due for next week.

Coach Rex Ryan was also silent on the reasons for the bitter parting,  saying only that “this is one of the tough decisions we had to make for our organization.”