This time last year Matt Jones looked like the running back of the future for the Redskins. Now, Jones is publicly asking to be released and has signed with a heavyweight agent to help.
One of the most famous agents in sports, Rosenhaus will likely bring a new sense of urgency to Jones' situation with the Redskins.
A third-round pick in 2015 out of Florida, Jones split carries with Alfred Morris as a rookie in 2015 before taking over the top RB job in Washington in 2016. The season started well, as Jones had two 100-yard games the first seven weeks of the year.
Recurring fumbling problems cost Jones his job, though, and a reluctance to play special teams cost Jones his spot on the 53-man roster. He landed on the inactive list the final nine games of the year.
Rob Kelley took over the Redskins RB1 job last season, and looks locked into that role in 2017. Chris Thompson will handle third-down duties, meanwhile, and the Redskins added another runner in Oklahoma's Samaje Perine in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Also, Mack Brown is still with the team, and Brown got the active roster spot in 2016 over Jones.
Clearly looking for a fresh start, Jones did not attend voluntary OTAs in Ashburn this offseason. He did attend mandatory minicamp.
Redskins' brass has not even hinted that a release is imminent for Jones, but Rosenhaus' arrival could change things.
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