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22 Starters in 22 Days: Thomas Jones

Thomas Jones

Thanks in large part to the work of RB Thomas Jones, the ground game is the only thing that went right for the offense last year. However, the 1300-yard rusher faces the possibility of playing second string to Cedric Benson in 2006.

With the veteran mini-camp less than a month away, Jones continues to stay away from the Bears' off-season workout program. He signed a $10 million, four-year deal as a free agent after the 2003 season, but based on his 1,335 rushing yards last season, Jones believes he's underpaid. A trade would likely result in a new, more lucrative contract. But the Bears are hesitant to let Jones get away...

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