Interest in Jones Short-Lived

According to a published report, the Colts' preliminary interest in Bears running back Thomas Jones appears to be a dead issue.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Colts president Bill Polian no longer has interest in exploring a trade that would bring Bears running back Thomas Jones to Indianapolis.

An earlier report by the Chicago Sun-Times that we referenced yesterday at ColtPower, indicated that the Colts were showing interest in making a trade that could have involved a selection in next weekend's NFL Draft.

But according to the Tribune, that interest was quickly deflated after Colts president Bill Polian heard that Jones was no longer participating in Chicago's offseason voluntary workouts. Jones initially was working out with the team, but is no longer showing up, and switched agents to boot, apparently hoping to force a trade. Jones, much like Edgerrin James, has a strict offseason regimen of his own, and at least at this point doesn't plan to miss any mandatory workouts.

Chicago would prefer to keep both Jones and last year's top pick, Cedric Benson. But Jones is apparently miffed over the fact that he rushed for over 1,300 yards last year but is making less money than Benson, who had just 67 carries his rookie year. Jones is scheduled to earn a base salary of $2.25 million this season and in 2007, the final year of his current contract.

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