Rushing for 1200+ yards in back-to-back seasons and scoring a handful of touchdowns en route to a Super Bowl appearance sometimes earns you a ticket out of town - especially if you ask for the ticket and there's a former fourth overall pick waiting to take your place. Thus, it wasn't a big surprise to see sources reporting that the Chicago Bears had traded Thomas Jones to the New York Jets.
Jones should carry most of the load for the Jets, who used a committee of Kevan Barlow, Leon Washington and Cedric Houston in 2006. If there was ever a chance for the well-traveled running back to win the hearts of collectors, this is it. The Jets should have an excellent shot at making the playoffs, a devoted and long-suffering fan base and have lacked a top football card draw since Chad Pennington lost his luster due to his repeated injuries.
Expect interest to pick up in Cedric Benson's cards as well. The Bears expected big things from the former Texas standout when they drafted him in 2005, but he failed to endear himself to teammates or fans when he immediately held out. He's been making progress to erase those bad feelings over the past two seasons, and with Jones gone, he's going to get the opportunity to become one of the breakout stars of 2007.