The Green Bay Packers are on a bye this week as the NFC's No. 1 seed and a major reason why is the play of their starting running back Aaron Jones. Jones has rushed for 1,104 yards on 201 carries (5.5 yards per attempt) and 9 touchdowns this season to lead the Packers' backfield. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent when the offseason rolls around, however.
Jones should receive a lot of interest from NFL teams looking to acquire a healthy and productive starting running back, and after spending a second-round pick on A.J. Dillon in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Packers may let Jones walk.
With that in mind, here are the three most likely free agent destinations for Aaron Jones
1. Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins just narrowly missed the NFL playoffs this season and are now looking ahead to next year. This is a young team ready to compete and adding Aaron Jones to their roster could create a stellar offense. The Dolphins struggled to run the ball this season as none of their top four running backs finished with an average of over 4 yards per carry. Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa could greatly improve if given a star running back to depend on in both the rushing and passing attack. The AFC East seems to be up for grabs moving forward and Jones could be the type of player that shoots the Dolphins right to the top. The Dolphins also project to have the eight-most open cap space in the NFL this offseason, so they'll be able to make a splash in free agency.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Kyle Shanahan's San Francisco 49ers clearly want a dangerous backfield. They've spent big on the likes of Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman, though not seen much of a return there. Both will be unrestricted free agents this offseason, and Raheem Mostert only has one year left on his deal. The 49ers project to rank top-12 in cap space this offseason, and taking another shot on a free agent running back would be a very in-character move for the organization.
3. New York Jets
The New York Jets are in need of players who can make a difference on the offensive side of the ball. Aaron Jones fits that description perfectly and could be the workhorse running back the Jets have desperately needed for years. The Jets have shown they are not afraid to pay lot of money for a running back, as they signed Le'Veon Bell to a massive contract back in 2019 before eventually releasing him. No Jets running back averaged over 4 yards per carry this season and the Jets are projected to have the second-highest amount of cap space in the NFL. If they want to make a splash this offseason and show they are ready to improve, they will make a run at signing Jones.
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