We are already into the thick of the NFL offseason and that means free agency. Teams can’t contact free agents until March 15th, but news of the top players will circulate as we close in on that starting point. Dak Prescott, Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson, and Kenny Golladay are just a few of the big names set to hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year opens on March 17th. Many free agents stand a good chance of signing a contract with their current team or being franchise tagged before then, but many will be taking calls when the tampering period opens on March 15th.
2020 in review
With Kenny Golladay out for much of the season, Jones ended up as the Lions No. 1 receiver. That helped him to yet another strong season, as he caught 76-of-115 targets for 978 yards and nine touchdowns. He now has nine touchdowns in three of his last four seasons.
Jones made it clear that he’d like to play for a contender in 2021, per Dave Birkett. That means he likely won’t be playing for the Lions. He won’t be going to a contender as their No. 1 receiver, but he still has enough left in the tank at 31-years old to be a useful WR2 or 3 on a good team. The usual suspects might not apply here if Jones is true to his word and wants to be on a winning team, but a team that isn’t quite there yet, like the Dolphins, would probably satiate his need to play for a competing team.
The list of teams interested will probably looks something like: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Washington Football Team, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Las Vegas Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals.
Do the Lions want to keep him?
Not really. They are rebuilding and Jones is past his prime. If they could get him back at value they would likely be happy, but Jones would still probably choose a better team for the same money.
Jones still has fantasy value in the right spot, but he will need a decent quarterback and targets to make that happen. His landing spot is very much up in the air, so I don’t think we can predict anything at this point, so I’d err on the side of caution when looking a Jones’ fantasy value in 2021.