John Clayton is reporting that Julius Jones has signed a $3M/year deal with the Hawks. We now have a guy who seems like a total clone of Maurice Morris in terms of running ability, but can't catch a pass to save his life and is a lesser blocker on passing downs. Check out his stats during his best season. This is a guy who runs out of gas after 15 carries, has injury issues and fumbles.
Both players were 2nd round selections in their drafts, and both are most effective running draws and sweeps.
I see zero upside to spending money on Jones. Ruskell has now signed a less talented version of Leonard Weaver (Duckett can't catch and is not the runner Weaver is) and a lesser talented version of Mo Morris. I would have never guessed that we could do worse than Mo Morris as our starter, but that's where things stand right now.
I wish I could draw more positive conclusions, but they would not be sincere.