Jones has been on the trading block for over a year now and clearly isn’t a part of Washington’s future plans, so this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
A few months ago, Jones’ agent Hadley Engelhard told the Associated Press he “asked very politely” for Washington to release his client simply because “he has no future there.”
“Let’s move on,” Engelhard said. “We’re hoping Bruce [Allen] sees the light and does the gentleman thing and release Matt.”
“He’s a healthy scratch,” Engelhard added. “All the writing’s on the wall that he’s going to be released. Is Bruce waiting for a team to have a devastating injury that’s in dire straits to make a trade? I guess you can do that. But you’re messing with someone’s mind, for lack of a better term.”
Jones skipped the team’s mandatory minicamp before reporting in time for training camp.
Jones, 24, is a former third-round pick of the Redskins back in 2015. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $2.952 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $639,113 in 2017.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Jones would free up $489,146 in available cap space while creating $299,708 in dead money.
In 2016, Jones has appeared in seven games and rushed for 490 yards on 144 carries (3.4 YPC) to go along with 19 receptions for 304 yards receiving and four total touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding Jones and the Redskins as the news is available.