RB - GB
Week 17 Outlook
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst says the franchise tag is a possibility for RB Aaron Jones.
"It's very much case by case," Gutekunst said. He also added that he typically prefers to avoid using the franchise tag. The tag checks in at around $8 million for running backs this season, which isn't much for one year. Jones has also been connected to the Dolphins, who are known to be looking for a new feature back this offseason. Stay tuned.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that there’s mutual interest between free agent RB Aaron Jones and the Dolphins.
Jones is the top free agent running back on the market and the Dolphins are reportedly interested. Miami has $26 million in cap space and could make a significant bid to sign Jones. The 26-year-old RB reportedly could make up to $15 million per season. “Miami and the Jets are the two teams most likely to sign him, from what I’ve heard,” said Ian Wharton of the Sportsbook Review. The Bears, 49ers and Steelers are also reportedly “heavily interested” in acquiring the free agent running back. Jones logged 201 carries for 1,104 yards along with 47 receptions for 355 yards and 11 total touchdowns across 14 games in 2020.
Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic writes that Aaron Jones could fetch up to $15 million per season in free agency.
This would put Jones' average salary on par with Ezekiel Elliott and Alvin Kamara, while being $1 million less than Christian McCaffrey. This would be a huge payday for a running back, but the 26-year-old Jones has been one of the best in football over the past couple of season. Jones' landing spot will have an enormous effect on the fantasy value of A.J. Dillon.
In an interview on Monday, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst had this to say about Aaron Jones' future with the team: “We would love to have Aaron back. I think he’s such an important part of our offense this year, he’s a dynamic player. He’s absolutely everything we want in a professional football player.”
Jones' landing spot this offseason will be one of the most interesting stories of NFL free agency. Fantasy managers can expect Jones to go to a team that will make him a workhorse back, so the only question is where will he wind up? Regardless where it may be, it's safe to assume that Jones should remain a fantasy RB1 heading into the 2021 season.
Packers RB Aaron Jones rushed six times for 27 yards and added four receptions for 7 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bucs before leaving with a chest injury.
Jones fumbled early in the second half and was injured on the play. It was later announced that he was "questionable" to return but ultimately did not. He finished a solid campaign with 1,230 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns while adding 52 receptions for 376 yards and two touchdowns through the air. The primary question for Jones moving forward is will he be a Packer in 2021? As he's set to become a free agent. Jones' value could go way up depending on where he lands (i.e., Atlanta), and he'll likely be a top-24 pick in most fantasy formats in 2021.
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