Jets RB Jones likely to become a free agent

INDIANAPOLIS — The Jets aren’t anticipating picking up RB Thomas Jones‘ $3.3 million roster bonus, according to a league source.

The team and Jones still could work out a restructured deal before the start of the league year next week. However, that possibility doesn’t seem great at this time, and barring a new deal, Jones would become a free agent when the roster bonus isn’t picked up.

Jones, who’s 31 and coming off another very productive season (331 carries, 1,402 yards, 14 TDs), has reached the point where age and wear and tear will preclude him from receiving a huge contract, but in a weak free-agent class, he could land a short-term deal with incentives.

Jones is scheduled to make $2.8 million in base salary next season.

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