The New York Jets weren’t interested in bringing Thomas Jones back for the 2010 season, but they obviously appreciated his effort over the past few years. They took out a full-page ad in yesterday’s Kansas City Star to thank the newest member of the Chiefs.
The ad, on Page A11 of the paper, featured a huge picture of Jones in his Jets uniform carrying the football. The ad read:
“A person who embodies TOUGHNESS, DEDICATION and LEADERSHIP. Thanks TJ for three great seasons. Woody Johnson, Coach Rex Ryan, Mike Tannenbaum and the New York Jets.”
It’s an unusual gesture, considering that the Jets didn’t match the two-year, $5 million offer Jones got from the Chiefs (he’ll make $3 million in 2010, as opposed to the $5.8 million he was due to make from the Jets) and promptly started pursuing LaDainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson is a future Hall of Fame running back, but he rushed for little more than half as many yards as Jones did last season and it seems likely that Jones has more left in the tank than Tomlinson does at this point.
Still, the Jets are fond enough of Jones to give him a gracious, if unexpected, send-off.
“T. J. meant a lot to this team,” the team spokesman Bruce Speight said Sunday. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for him and the way he goes about his business. We wish him the best and wanted to express our appreciation.”
Very classy move by the Jets. Not just the ad, but that they put it in The Star. I’m sure they could have simply had the NY Times run a quarter page for them on Sunday and no one would have thought twice about it, but the Jets went the extra yard to make it a full-page ad in Kansas City.
I’m still baffled how they feel LT is worth more money than Jones, but this is a classy move all the same.