Jets RB Thomas Jones missed the first day of the team’s voluntary minicamp.
No one was surprised by Jones’ absence, though. He already had skipped voluntary team workouts during the offseason in an apparent protest over his current contract, according to The Star-Ledger:
- This fall will be the third season of a four-year, $20 million deal that Jones signed when he joined the Jets two years ago. One hangup could be that Jones’ base salary this season is just $900,000.
Jones, 30, was the AFC’s leading rusher last season. He ran for 1,312 yards and 13 touchdowns, an effort that made him a first-time Pro Bowler.
Also missing from Jets minicamp was QB Erik Ainge, whom coach Rex Ryan said was absent for “personal reasons.” Ainge is competing with Kellen Clemens and Brett Ratliff for the Jets’ starting QB, although The Star-Ledger notes that the latter two are considered the front-runners.