What? Jones was injured in his time in Arizona, and one of those injuries was something really stupid to his hand. This doesn't prove your point at all, unless your point was that injured players with off the field issues on bad teams don't perform that great. Jones had a horrible line in 2004, one of the worst I've ever seen, and he was productive. Now this goes entirely against your point. He was productive in 2005 and 2006, and his "dancing" at the line of scrimmage that so many meatball fans complained about is what got him his yards those years. Then he leaves, and Benson is the starting back in 2007. Magically, that "stud" offensive line that you were bragging about TJ running behind all of the sudden became ancient overnight? Benson played poorly right from the start in 2007, and it wasn't just the line getting old. He was not prepared to play that year. Did you look at the yards Jones had behind the Jets offensive line? He had a 1100 season on a 4-12 team in 2007, then a 1300 yard rushing season followed by a 1400 yard rushing season in 2008 and 2009 while splitting carries with Shonn Greene in 2009. That's not easy in this day and age of the NFL. And Shonn Greene considers TJ to be a "father figure" to him. Dude, it was Benson that was the problem here with the Bears. The best available player at the #4 pick was Aaron Rodgers. He had plenty of choices. You aren't locked into a pick because the consensus of draft guides say so and so is supposed to be really good. He had scouts and was supposed to be a judge of NFL talent. The holdout didn't hurt Benson. The players from the interviews I remember supported him. It wasn't until he showed up that problems started. When you say Benson divided the locker room, how divided do you think it was? Because it did not seem to me that anyone really cared for Benson. I don't think it's fair to blame Jones for problems Benson created when he got here. Benson is the one that never felt quite at home because he's a weird aloof dickhead that felt it necessary to continually insult the veterans on the team. That the team preferred Thomas Jones because he played hard and was a team leader should not be a knock on Jones. Benson's personality is what got him disliked. Forte is just as replaceable. Any RB not wearing a #28 in Minnesota is replaceable. You must not remember how bad that 2004 line was. That was the year I changed my screen name on the CBMB to "weneedmorelinemen". Jones was the only bright spot on that team. We didn't have a QB or a line, and he was productive. We could have easily rode Thomas Jones for 1000+ yard seasons and never had to spend a draft pick to get Forte. I like Forte, and he's been very versatile and productive, so I don't want to give the wrong impression. But Forte has got to rush for 5,000 more yard to have a better career than TJ had. That's five good 1000 yard season or four 1200 yard seasons. He can do it, but he could come up short too.