DEVELOPING STORY: Jets Shopping Thomas Jones. Is N.Y. Targeting Anquan Boldin?
Usually there isn't a lot of news made in Cortland, New York, and ever since the Jets moved their camp to the New York campus, other than stories about how much "fun" players are having during training camp there hasn't been a lot of sizzling gossip.
That is about to change.
Yahoo Sports! and the National Football Post, are reporting that the Jets are looking to trade disgruntled running back Thomas Jones. Jones, who has two years left on his contract, wants a expensive extension at the age of 31-years-old the time when most backs start to break down.
According to the report, the Jets have, "placed a call to an NFC West club." That club, I believe is the NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals. Throughout the spring there were rumors that the Cardinals were looking to trade receiver Anquain Boldin, who is also unhappy about his contract status with the franchise.
At the time, the Jets were rumored to be a possible suiter for Boldin, but some thought the Cards would get more from the New York Giants instead. Talks with the G-Men got nowhere; the story died by Memorial day, and it is now on August 11. It appears that the Boldin story is starting to heat up again.
This trade would be a boon for both teams. The Jets need a No.1 quality receiver since they don't have one in camp to complement Jerricho Cotchery. Boldin would give the Jets the kind of receiver they have not had since Keyshawn Johnson left town after the 1999 season. Boldin stands at 6'1", which would make him the tallest receiver on the roster.
Last season, he had 89 catches for 1,038 yards with 11 touchdowns, including a 51 yard touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the wild card game.
Boldin can stretch the field and be that burner the Jets desperately need. Plus, the Jets are close to signing team MVP Leon Washington to a mega contract, and the team drafted Shonn Greene from Iowa. Greene is expected to be a big, bruising back, think Brandon Jacobs, or Jones, if Greene develops.
As for the Cards, they struggled to find a consistent running game last year. The Cards were last in the NFL on the ground, averaging 73.6 yards; the team couldn't get any consistency from former Pro Bowler Edgerrin James.
The Cards eventually benched James, who declared before the playoffs that he was done with Arizona. Not exactly a team player.
Thomas Jones would give the Cards an incredible threat on the ground and morph them into a more complete and dynamic offensive squad. With Pro Bowl quarterback Kurt Warner and receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston and tight end Jerheme Urban already in tow, the Cards would be scary if they could add a guy who led the AFC in rushing with 1,312 yards last fall.
This sounds like a win-win for both squads.
The only concerns should be Jones' age. At 31-years-old, many should be wary that 2008 might have been the last good season that Jones has left in his tank.
As for Boldin, his public blow up with offensive coordinator Todd Haley during the NFC title game, and the story that leaked out later that Boldin skipped out on the team celebration because he was angry about his playing time, could raise eyebrows, but Rex Ryan's zen-like personality should make Boldin into a team player.
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