Washington Redskins running back Matt Jones reported for the team’s mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, but the third-year running back may already be eyeing his next potential landing spot.
Jones’ agent, Hadley Engelhard, told the Associated Press Wednesday that he “asked very politely” for Jones’ release, as “he has no future” with the franchise.
Jones, 24, was reportedly told by head coach Jay Gruden that he was the team’s fifth-string running back this offseason, and Washington’s former third-round pick elected to skip voluntary OTAs with the hope of a release.
“Let’s move on,” Engelhard said, via the Associated Press. “We’re hoping Bruce (Allen) sees the light and does the gentleman thing and release Matt.”
The 6-foot-2, 232-pound running back showed promise in his rookie season, recording 490 rushing yards, 304 receiving yards, and four touchdowns. Jones then earned the starting role entering the 2016 season, but his continued fumble issues led to his benching.
Undrafted rookie running back Rob Kelley took the reins by midseason and started all nine games down the stretch. Kelley led Washington’s ground game with 704 rushing and six touchdowns and is expected to compete with rookie running back Samaje Perine for early down snaps.
While Jones’ future in D.C. looks to be coming to an end, Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall took a pay cut to remain with the franchise.
Hall, who transitioned from cornerback to safety during the 2015 season, suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 last season, but feels he can still help the team win games at 33-years-old.
“There will come a point where I’m not able to play and I’m just too old or too slow or too banged up,” Hall said, via ESPN. “While I can still play, I want to go out and play.”
“I don’t know where I fit in yet, and I don’t know if they know where I fit in yet. But I know when I’m healthy, I can help us win.”
The three-time Pro Bowler was scheduled to make $4.25 million in 2017 and will now reportedly earn $2.3 million this season under his restructured contract.
Hall has spent the past nine seasons with the Redskins but has not completed a full 16-game slate since 2013.