Jones would be a solid change of pace running back in the New York backfield. It's doubtful he'd be able to take a large workload, but it could be worth a try if he gets off to a hot start.
The cash-strapped Jets will need to play moneyball this offseason by finding the best market value for talent. Felix Jones represents great value after a mediocre 2012 campaign.
In 2009, Jones' sophomore season, the ball-carrier rushed for 685 yards on 111 carries, averaging 5.9 yards per tote. Comparatively, a multitude of injuries later, Jones was only able to rush for 402 on a similar number of carries (116), averaging a measly 3.6 yards per carry in 2012.
Attrition has taken its toll on Jones, who was once a talented rusher. That said, if the Jets keep him around 100 carries and utilize him as a receiver as well, he could make waves in New York.
Shonn Greene isn't coming back to the Jets, so the team will now have an opportunity to change the look of their backfield. If Jones is going to have success anywhere, it'll be with Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. The coach is adept at getting the ball to his running backs in space, which would predispose a rusher like Jones to having immense success.
Speaking of coaches, Jones also has a connection to Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee. Lee and Jones overlapped at Arkansas so there is a familiarity there that can't be ignored.
The Jets have to worry about issues under center and in the receiving corps; signing on Felix Jones would be a low-cost alternative to a large problem. He's a fun player to watch when he gets going and could really thrive in New York.
This mutually beneficial signing could be New York's first order of business this offseason.
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