The Chiefs have found the big, powerful back they were searching for, signing Thomas Jones to a two-year, $5 million contract on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Jones, 31, was released by the Jets last week as a cost-saving measure, as the veteran was scheduled to make $5.8 million (including bonuses) this season. With rookie RB Shonn Greene coming on late in the season, New York opted to part ways with Jones even though he had a career-best 1,402 rushing yards in 2009.
Chiefs head coach Todd Haley had been adamant this offseason about adding a larger, durable rusher to complement Jamaal Charles, who was spectacular late in '09 but is not built to handle a full workload over the course of an entire season. Coming off a career-high 331 carries, Jones would appear to fit the bill. It's likely the pair will split carries in 2010, though it remains to be seen who will start.
A first-round pick of Arizona in 2000, Jones' career did not take off until he joined the Bears in '04. He then went on to have three productive years in Chicago before doing the same for three seasons with the Jets. The Virginia product has rushed for at least 1,100 yards in each of the past five seasons, not missing a game since the '05 campaign and scoring 29 touchdowns over the past two years.
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