Tuesday, March 06, 2007

New York Jets Land Thomas Jones via Trade [J. Mark English]

The Jets needed a full time, work-horse type running back. Today, they got one from the Chicago Bears. Thomas Jones will be wearing green next year in the windy confines of Giants Stadium.

John Mullin of the Chicago Tribune writes:

Jones met with Jets coach Eric Mangini on Monday night, and a multiyear contract extension with about $12 million guaranteed is expected to be announced Tuesday once Jones passes his physical with the Jets.

The Bears are sending Jones to New York in exchange for a move up 26 spots in the second round of April's NFL draft, from 63rd overall to 37th. They also own the 31st pick in the first round, and the Jets get the 63rd pick in the deal.

The deal for Jones is similar to the Bears getting a high third-round pick, the typical "cost" for a jump up of 26 places in a second round based on the commonly used draft scale for valuing picks. The pick is one the Jets obtained in draft-day deals last year.

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