Bill Belichick complimentary in addressing Jack Jones’ release
On Monday afternoon the New England Patriots waived cornerback Jack Jones, less than two full years after drafting him in the fourth round. Despite Jones’ talent the move didn’t come as a total surprise, as the 25-year-old cornerback had been benched two weeks in a row for disciplinary reasons.
On Tuesday morning, Bill Belichick addressed the release in simple terms when asked about the decision to let Jones go. “Felt like it was time to move on,” he said.
Despite Jones’ recent benchings – which go back to him being late to the team hotel prior to the Week 9 game against the Washington Commanders – the Patriots still brought him on the Germany trip last week. Belichick was asked if anything in particular happened on that trip that related directly to Jones being cut, and responded “no, not really.” Belichick also indicated that Jones wouldn’t be brought back on the practice squad if he clears waivers on Tuesday.
Following Jones’ release on Monday, multiple reports indicated that the team’s frustration with Jones had been building. Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported that “there had been a handful events that led to this, including more recently when he fell out of favor and lost trust among the defense and his play had deteriorated,” adding “the team didn’t feel a turnaround in performance was coming.”
Despite all of that, Belichick was complimentary of Jones’ abilities when asked if he feels the team ‘missed’ when drafting him in the fourth round in 2022.
“Jack’s a talented player. He showed that when he played for us at times,” Belichick said. “Just, in the end, I felt like we just needed to move on. But he’s a talented player.”
Jones will now go through the NFL waiver process. Teams will have until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday to put in a claim on him. If any team does, he’ll join that roster on his current rookie contract (if multiple teams put in claims, he goes to the team with the top priority on the waiver wire). If not claimed, he’ll officially become a free agent on Tuesday night.