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Jones Traded To Jets, Briggs Next?

StCurtis Martin's injured knee forced the New York Jets to employ a running-back-by-committee approach last season. No more of that. New York has landed a replacement chairman.

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Filling their need for a No. 1 ball carrier, the Jets, according to league sources, have agreed to a trade with the NFC champion Chicago Bears that will land them Thomas Jones and the 63rd overall pick in the upcoming draft in exchange for the 37th overall pick. New York acquired that in a draft-day deal with Washington last year. The deal is expected to be approved by the league on Tuesday.

The Jets still own two picks in the second round, their own (No. 59) and now the Bears' original selection. The Bears select 31st in Round 1 and for now are set to be on the clock six picks later.

Jones must pass a physical and the Jets would like to get him signed to a new contract in order for the deal to be completed, but by all accounts those are formalities. With rookie Leon Washington, Cedric Houston, and Kevan Barlow sharing the rushing load, New York ranked 30th in the league last season with an average of 3.5 yards per attempt. Washington led the team with 650 yards. Martin did not play last season and is expected to retire.

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If you are trying to figure out the Thomas Jones trade, it's pretty simple. The Bears moved up 26 spots in the second round, getting a Jets pick at No. 37. That's a prime position to get a borderline rookie starter or a quality prospect, writes John Clayton. Quick Hits


In Jones, 28, the Jets get a back who has rushed for more than 1,200 yards in each of the past two seasons -- becoming the first Bear to do so since Walter Payton in 1985-86. Jones was the postseason's second-leading rusher with 301 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per attempt and scoring four touchdowns in three playoff games.

The Jets and their fans got an up-close look at what New York is getting Nov. 19 when Jones rushed for 121 yards on 23 carries in the Bears' 10-0 win at the Meadowlands.

After rushing for 1,335 yards and nine touchdowns in 2005, Jones acted on his unhappiness with his contract by boycotting the Bears' voluntary offseason workouts. Jones was entering the final year of the deal he signed in 2004 and slated to earn $2.75 million this season, but his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and the Jets were believed to be working on a new long-term contract last night.

The seventh overall selection in the 2000 draft by the Cardinals out of Virginia, Jones played three seasons in Arizona, spent the 2003 season with the Buccaneers, and has led the Bears in rushing each of the past three seasons. The Bears, however, drafted Cedric Benson with the fourth overall pick in 2004. Jones and Benson made a formidable tandem during last year's run to Super Bowl XXLI, but what was believed to be an icy relationship with each other, as well as Benson with the rest of his teammates, has been a popular topic in the Windy City since Benson's arrival. Jones requested a trade earlier this offseason.

Benson tied Jones for the team lead with six rushing touchdowns and equaled his average of 4.1 yards per rush, carrying 157 times to Jones' 296. It was never a matter of if but when the Bears would elevate Benson to No. 1 status. That time is now.




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It will be tough to replace these guys, Briggs said he wants out of Chicago even though the Bears put the franchise tag on him.




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It will be tough to replace these guys, Briggs said he wants out of Chicago even though the Bears put the franchise tag on him.
Can't blame him. Statistics show that the super bowl losers don't fare well the following season.
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Briggs is peeved with the organization apparently.

I knew at the end of last year he would not be here for the next season. I'm not that worried about it though. I think Urlacher has a little bit of a Michael Jordan factor going for him. Whoever you put next to him is going to excel and become a great linebacker.

As far as Jones being traded...at least there won't be another RB controversy next year. We know who the #1 will be now.
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I'd be pissed too if I was only guaranteed 7.XX million next season
Dont even quote what the other LB's are making..its all Monopoly money to me

Bensen is the happiest guy in Chicago today. I wish Jones well...hes going to need it - he just had his Ferarri painted Orange no? dork

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Fuck this, the Bears have a horrible track record picking guys in the draft, (Hester was dumb luck)....what the fuck are they gonna get with the 37th pick?

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DJ doesn't approve of this either, but when they called me to ask what I think, I was on the shitter and didn't answer my phone.
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Fuck this, the Bears have a horrible track record picking guys in the draft, (Hester was dumb luck)....what the fuck are they gonna get with the 37th pick?

They could probably pickup a pretty good linebacker at 37.
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Dumb move, and Briggs will be gone shortly, I don't think they are going to keep him. They want to pick up a couple guys in the draft to keep the total salary down.....Fuckin' cheapass Virginia McCaskey.........Too cheap.
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Fuck this, the Bears have a horrible track record picking guys in the draft, (Hester was dumb luck)....what the fuck are they gonna get with the 37th pick?

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That was before Angelo and Lovely coached there. last year they got anderson, hester and manning. hester made the pro-bowl, manning started most of the year and did well and the other was 2nd for rookie of the year. not to mention anderson was taken in the 5th round.

in 2005 they got chris harris, kyle orton, mark bradley and benson. granted orton wasn't great but apparently he has made a huge jump from the year before. The other 3 have seen starting time and have done well.

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this regarding the TJ trade to the jets. not that i agree with it but it could turn out good. not to mention they could always trade up to 14 or 15 for the two 2nd round picks.

Bears moving up: If you are trying to figure out the Thomas Jones trade, it's pretty simple. The Bears moved up 26 spots in the second round, getting a Jets pick at No. 37. That's a prime position to get a borderline rookie starter or a quality prospect. Why would the Bears have to give up a second-round pick and Jones to get a second-round pick? The answer is simple. The market for veteran running backs is at best a third-round pick. The Bears wanted to get a second-round pick alone but they couldn't. If you look at the draft value charts, the Bears gave up 280 points. That's the equivalent of one of the final choices of the second round or a top choice in the third round. In other words, they got the best value possible for a 28-year-old running back.

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You are right, It has been better lately like you said. I just don't see a reason behind getting rid of a solid, reliable, game tested, running back for a early 2nd round draft pick

Jones is one of the top 10 running backs in the league IMO

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You are right, It has been better lately like you said. I just don't see a reason behind getting rid of a solid, reliable, game tested, running back for a early 2nd round draft pick
well i kinda of agree with you however they drafted benson for a reason. you cna't have him playing second fiddle his entire career. i think we will be please with benson if he can remain healthy. i prefer his running style to jones anyway. jones hops around too damn much and for how god damn big he was he never ran anyone over.

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We are a better offensive team when Benson is in the game. His style of running fits much better with the way we play. People tend to forget that we also have Adrian Peterson who is a solid running back that can also catch the ball. Briggs needs to stop crying.

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I really do like Peterson too. They showed a video of him in college once. One of the best running plays I've ever seen. He literlly ran thru 6 or 7 open field tackles, just laid each one the fuck out. I wish I could find that video

He also has a pretty sever stutter when he talks. It's that overcomming adversity thing I like

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yeah i also like Peterson a lot. i kinda wish he was more then a 3rd down back. but if benson can't stay healthy i can only assume he will be our #2 back.

briggs just wants to get our of Urlacher's shadow. regardless of how much he is making i think he wants more attention. not to mention the fact that his agent is drew rosenhaus - same as thomas jones.

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+1000 on Peterson. I think he could of started on several NFL teams the past few years. There was no way the Bears would go in this season with both backs making so much $$$, NFL teams rarely do. Case in point, Dillon released by NE, Rhodes out there as a free agent. The only reason Jones was back last year was Benson had yet to play a full season.

The Bears toyed with trading him anyways during the pre-season. After this year Jones would of been a free agent and the Bears would receive nothing in return.




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Good trade! I never liked TJ, ran like a woman, and our offense is better with benson. Benson does not go down with the first hit like jones. I thought we could have gotten more for TJ but i was wrong no-one wants a girl as their RB except the jets and they were only willing to give up a second round pick. o well.... and Briggs, he is a baby, i really dont care if he goes he has a BAD attitude very cocky. we could get a good linebacker in the second round if any of you have watched the combine there are some good lookin football players coming up in the draft.
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personally i would have liked to see the bears trade TJ for David Carr. at the time the Texans needed an RB and as of right now we could use another QB.

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Good trade! I never liked TJ, ran like a woman, and our offense is better with benson. Benson does not go down with the first hit like jones. I thought we could have gotten more for TJ but i was wrong no-one wants a girl as their RB except the jets and they were only willing to give up a second round pick. o well.... and Briggs, he is a baby, i really dont care if he goes he has a BAD attitude very cocky. we could get a good linebacker in the second round if any of you have watched the combine there are some good lookin football players coming up in the draft.
you will NOT find a Briggs caliber LB in the draft and rebuilding is not an option

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you will NOT find a Briggs caliber LB in the draft and rebuilding is not an option

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agreed. and the bears were looking to upgrade at LB anyway. once urlacher went down in 05 the defense fell apart. they can't afford that to happen again. now that briggs wants out they will need to put even more into finding LB's. what about LaVar Arrington? i'd prefer Briggs but he's an option though i think the outcome would be bad.

the bears have a lot of holes to fill. their OL is getting old. they need to find a starter caliber at safety. todd johnson is a free agent and mike brown gets injured too much. maybe Archileta or Kaesviharn from the Bungals can fill that spot. they have a lot to do this off-season. not to mention find another RB.

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"I never liked TJ, ran like a woman."....

Are you serious? He didnt get those yards by taking the El. The man was produtive as friggin hell for us. This deal stinks to me. Benson better not keep getting injured. This could be one of the most boneheaded moves we have made considering we want to be contenders soon again.

Briggs wants to make mucho buckso. More power to him if he can find that elsewhere. If I were him Id stay with the core they have on the Bears but oh well.
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