We are already into the thick of the NFL offseason and that means free agency gets started soon. 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, Richard Sherman, Chris Godwin, Trent Williams, Allen Robinson, Hunter Henry 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.
Below, we will take a look at free-agent running back Aaron Jones.
2020 in review
Jones clamored for a long-term extension ahead of the 2020 season but didn’t get one. He kicked off his fourth year with the Green Bay Packers with a strong start and finished the year with a career-high 1,104 yards on 201 carries. Jones rushed for nine touchdowns and also caught 47 passes for 355 yards and two scores. As the year went on, Green Bay began to dial back his touches by incorporating Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillon. Could the Packers already be preparing for life after Jones?
Jones and the Miami Dolphins have a mutual interest in teaming up, according to the Miami Herland’s Barry Jackson. Myles Gaskin emerged as a breakout player last year, but Jones has been a quality back for longer and could improve the overall quality of Miami’s backfield.
Do the Packers want to keep him?
Jones revealed that he and the Packers were discussing an extension last September, but nothing came from those discussions. Green Bay is ready to pay up now but Jones has already turned down a lucrative offer from the team, according to ESPN Rob Demovsky. The 26-year-old is focused on getting more guaranteed money and is prepared to leave if his demands aren’t answered appropriately.
Jones was a top-five back in standard and PPR league’s last season but it appears like he’s bound to drop a few spots in 2021. It’s not likely that he’ll be asked to become a true bell cow, regardless of what kind of deal he signs.
The Dolphins and Jones have mutual interest, per Barry Jackson.
Forbes’s Evan Massey reported that Jones could garner interest from the Dolphins, 49ers, Steelers, and Bears, but no team stands out as a frontrunner at this point.