"He took advantage of the opportunity that presented him," Brooks said. "He carried the ball last year and obviously he took advantage of it and made a very good run towards the end and was rewarded by going to Chicago and being a featured back."
The cap strapped Bucs couldn't compete with the offer or the chance to make him a featured back.
"Thomas is a great guy, a heck of a football player," said head coach Jon Gruden. "I hated to lose him, not only as a playmaker but as a key in our locker room."
After three games Jones led the NFC in rushing yards and topped the NFL in total yardage. However, R Grossman's season-ending injury meant opposing teams didn't have to worry about the pass.
In the first game Jonathan Quinn started, Jones rushed for 32 yards on 12 carries. He picked up his production against the Redskins with 97 yards, but Quinn actually had more rushing yards in the first half.
"Obviously he's a very big part of the offense and we can't let TJ get rolling," Brooks said. "I'm kind of glad he played with us so we're very familiar with his talent. We just have to make sure we tackle and don't leave one man in a position to make the tackle, so we get seven hats on him."