Free Agency: Running Backs on the Move

Aaron Jones

Free Agency: Running Backs on the Move

NFL Free Agency is a season within itself, and the anticipation is starting to get to me. My blood is beginning to itch without football on Sundays. Sure, Youtube is holding me over with rookie highlight tapes, and there’s a fresh new football league where the Fan’s Pick the Plays; that’s been good for a few laughs. Regardless, my body feels like the first verse from “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Celine Dion, specifically before anything…came back. Let’s get the monkey off my back with Running Backs on the move this offseason. Let me know which takes you agree and disagree with @ToTheHizzy.

Aaron Jones – Miami Dolphins

It appears likely that the Packers will let Aaron Jones walk this offseason. Aaron Jones to the Miami Dolphins makes a lot of sense to me. The Dolphins do have Myles Gaskins, but Jones is an elite Running Back. The Dolphins went 10-6 last season, and despite the success, they are still behind the Bills in this division. If they plan on competing with Buffalo in 2021, they’ll need elite playmakers on offense and defense, and they already have the latter.

The Dolphins have a bountiful amount of draft picks, so some in the organization may see finding a running back in the draft as a safer and more affordable approach to the position, but I say hogwash. If the Dolphins want to compete now, they will need to make a splash in Free Agency. Few have rumored that wide receiver Chris Godwin could make his way over to Miami, but I don’t see that as a necessary move for the Dolphins. They already have DaVante Parker and Preston Williams, and it just makes sense to add Ja’marr Chase from LSU with the 3rd overall pick in the draft. Now add in a two-headed run game in Aaron Jones and Myles Gaskins plus Gesicki at Tight End, and you’ve got yourself a juggernaut offense.

The Dolphins ranked 22nd in total rushing offense last year, and they have a clear need for an elite RB on their depth chart, plus they have enough cap space to go shopping for a Bell Cow Back. If the Dolphins want to make a Super Bowl run, Jones is the guy to target; knowing the Dolphins, they’ll fade my advice and grab Todd Gurley instead.


Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette – New York Jets

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to have their hands full resigning players this offseason. They have many star players heading to unrestricted free agency, and I suspect Leonard Fournette will be one of the odd men out when seeking a long-term commitment from Tampa. Leonard Fournette to the Jets is another easy one for me. Fournette only made 2 Million playing for Tampa last season after leaving Jacksonville. He has to be chasing a big deal at this stage of his young career.

The Jets have the second-most cap space available in the NFL and will have no problem offering Leonard Fournette a good deal. Money aside, the Jets have a glaring hole at the RB position. Fournette could fill in day one with a heavy workload on the ground and in the passing game. Don’t forget two years ago when he cleaned up over 75 receptions in Jacksonville.

I don’t expect Robert Saleh to be bashful this offseason. The Jets are looking to rewrite their narrative, and Leonard Fournette could be a big part of that. The Jets offense has been very pass-heavy the past seasons, and the team will look to balance the offense with a more run-heavy approach. If you’re a young free-agent running back that’s looking for a payday and a lot of work; you should strongly consider answering the Jets call at 4 PM ET on March 17th.

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