In line with the NFL Community’s Tom Pelissero, free agent operating again Ronald Jones is headed to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. The deal is for 1-year with a payout of as much as $5 million. Jones was drafted within the second spherical by Tampa Bay in 2018 out of USC. The 24-year outdated fell off drastically in 2021, his fourth season with the Bucs.
After a disappointing rookie season the place he barely noticed the sphere, Jones produced two very strong seasons in 2019 and 2020. Over that stretch the operating again carried the ball 362 instances for 1,702 yards (4.7 ypc) and 13 touchdowns. He additionally caught 59 passes for 474 yards and a landing throughout that stretch. In 2020, Jones almost reached 1,000 speeding yards. However a late season bout with COVID and a fractured finger stored him from the milestone.
Jones entered this previous season because the lead operating again for the Bucs, however misplaced the position early within the 12 months. Points with ball safety, drops and psychological errors in go safety led to considerably much less taking part in time. In truth, Jones completed the season with a pedestrian 101 carries for 428 yards and 4 touchdowns. As a receiver, he managed simply 10 receptions for 64 yards. For his profession Jones has registered 488 carries for two,174 yards and 18 TD’s together with 76 receptions for 571 yards and a landing.
Jones’ departure is of no shock after he fell out of favor final season. All through his time in Tampa Bay, consistency eluded him regardless of his expertise. Now he’ll slot right into a backup position in Kansas Metropolis behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the place they’ll hope he can blossom in his third offensive system.
Though Jones’ absence might show to be addition by subtraction, it leaves the Bucs skinny at operating again. Leonard Fournette and Ke’Shawn Vaughn are the Bucs solely operating backs from final season set to return. In consequence, Tampa Bay could possibly be trying to find a operating again in free company and within the draft. Keep tuned.