The Chiefs have been one of the least active teams during the first two days of free agency, but according to Adam Schefter they will try to change that early next week.
Chiefs scheduled former Jets RB Thomas Jones to visit KC on Monday.
Jones would be a great addition to the Chiefs offense. During the playoffs, the New York Jets utilized rookie Shonn Greene more than Jones and he would have to be happy playing that same role in Kansas City.
Don’t think that he served simply as a backup in the playoffs. Even when Greene was the featured back during the first two rounds of the playoffs, Jones still averaged over 14 carries a game.
He won’t get quite that many backing up Jamaal Charles, but if Todd Haley Charlie Weis gave Jamaal Charles 17-20 carries instead of the 25 he was getting down the stretch and right off the bat Jones could run the ball nearly 10 times a game. Jones would also allow the Chiefs to use Charles more in the passing game where he was nearly as explosive as he was on the ground.
There is also the fumbling issue.
Charles only officially lost 2 fumbles after he took over for Larry Johnson, but there were several other exchange fumbles credited to Matt Casel that he had a hand in. Jones, on the other hand, has been one of the most sure handed running backs in the NFL. Over the past three years he has lost a grand total of 1 fumble and that was in 2008.
Jones was due to get a $4 million bonus and any contract will have to start with that money up front. He is a 31-year old running back, meaning this is he last chance to get paid. If the Chiefs want to get a deal done they will have to make sure they don’t try to nickel-and-dime Jones with their contract offer on Monday.