From what I have read, the signing of TJones to a 4 yr deal basicly spells the end for Atrain. Here is fanballs take:
Fanball wrote:Bears' minicamp began on Friday, and with it came the inevitable questions about the running back situation. Thomas Jones was signed to a four-year contract earlier this month and incumbent starter Anthony Thomas doesn't know what to think. ''I really don't know what they've got planned for me," Thomas told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I don't know what the plan is. I don't know if they're seeking a trade. I don't know if I'm going to be here. I don't know what's going on. I'm just here day-by-day." Train admitted the situation doesn't make him happy. "Obviously, it's frustrating for anybody to come in. I've been here for three years. I've been playing, and they bring another guy in without sort of [telling] me what's going on. I just have to take it as it is."
Hey Train, see that wall over there? Yeah, that one…okay now look for the writing on the wall. It says: "Jones will be the starter and Thomas will either be traded or relegated to part-time/backup duty." Head coach Lovie Smith would be wise to get it all out on the table with Thomas before the running back goes into sulk mode and it becomes a distraction.
If Grossman can open up the offense a bit (Terrell seems to be picking up his game), and Lovey's offensive scheme is succesful, what we are looking at is possibly a top 20 RB that can be had after the 7th rd of most 12 team drafts. TJones is a very skilled RB who really hasent had the best opportunities in the NFL yet. Could this be his yr? OBTW - the Bears offensive line is much improved with Tait - another plus for whoever is running the ball.