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New York Jets to cut loose RB Jones

March 1, 2010 at 6:42 PM

NEW YORK, March 1 (UPI) -- The New York Jets said Monday they will release veteran running back Thomas Jones this week when the NFL free agency period begins.

Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement that Jones, who ran for a career-high 1,402 yards and scored a franchise record 14 rushing touchdowns last season, had played his last game as a Jet.

"We have informed Thomas Jones and his representatives that we will release him on March 5," Tannenbaum said. "Thomas joined us three years ago and has been a productive, passionate leader both on and off the field who has served as a positive influence for our younger players. We were fortunate to acquire him and we wish him the best."

Jones, 31, a 10-year veteran, set a Jets single-game record with 210 yards on the ground against the Buffalo Bills.

He was acquired from the Chicago Bears in 2007 after spending three seasons there.

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