Various media outlets, including the Associated Press, are reporting that the Chicago Bears are sending Thomas Jones and a second-round pick to the New York Jets for their second-round pick.
Jones put together a second straight productive fantasy season in 2006. He rushed for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns. However, Jones' workload decreased towards the end of the season as Cedric Benson got more involved in the offense. Jones failed to have a 100-yard game after Week 11 and had 17 carries or fewer in the season's final five weeks.
Chicago's backfield has been a popular topic among fantasy circles over the past two years. After the Bears selected Benson with the fourth overall pick in the '05 draft, many believed he would immediately be the man. But Jones rushed for 1,335 yards and nine touchdowns in Benson's first NFL season, and the rookie only played in nine games because of injury.
If the trade becomes official, fantasy owners who go crazy when teams employ two-running back systems, should breathe a sigh of relief. Benson and Jones will likely both be solid fantasy options in 2007.