Thomas Jones played a major role in the Jets surprising run to the AFC Championship game last season, but financial constraints could open the door for his departure in New York, and the Chargers could benefit as a result.

According to New York Post beat writer Rich Cimini, there’s a 50-50 chance that Jones makes his way back to the Jets next season, given his age and desire to earn a final big paycheck. While San Diego usually prefers to build their team from within by drafting consistently well, an acquisition of Jones could be a smart move considering they’re set to lose a future Hall of Famer in LaDainian Tomlinson, who isn’t the same runner he used to be.

Jones has been the opposite of most backs in their thirties, having one of his most productive seasons last year, and that could be enough to sway the Chargers into making a deal with Jones this off-season. Of course if the bidding gets too high, it would be doubtful that San Diego would stay in the hunt for long, but the opportunity to play for a perennial contender in a desirable locale would be attractive to any player, and could play a factor as well.

As always, we’ll keep you posted, but for now things are certainly shaping up to be interesting this off-season.

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