I know a lot of people have asked that we not talk about this, but it's central to breaking down the Tomlinson signing and asserting whether it was a good move. LaDainian Tomlinson is going to make $5.2 million over the next two years. Thomas Jones would have made $2.8 million on top of a $3 million roster bonus had the Jets kept him.
In other words, the Jets could have given Thomas Jones $5.8 million over one year or Tomlinson $5.2 million over two. For a little over half a million total, the Jets took Tomlinson even though Jones is way more productive at this point of their respective careers, and you'll have a tough time convincing me it is only due to their offensive lines.
It's not that simple, though. Jones signed with the Chiefs for two years and $5 million. To top that, the Jets would not have had to even match the money they gave LT.
It doesn't make a ton of sense.