The Jets announced Monday that they will be releasing RB Thomas Jones prior to Friday, making him an unrestricted free agent when the league year begins at midnight ET March 5.
"We have informed Thomas Jones and his representatives that we will release him on March 5. 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 Thomas and wish him the best," Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement.
"When I got here Thomas immediately became one of my guys. He had one of his best years last season — might have been his best," said Jets coach Rex Ryan. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a player and a person. As I said the other day, this is one of the tough decisions we had to make for our organization."
Jones, who turns 32 in August, rushed for 1,402 yards and scored 14 touchdowns in 2009, both career-best marks. He was due a $2 million roster bonus March 9.