If adding Jeremy Maclin wasn’t enough for the Pittsburgh Steelers to handle, the Baltimore Ravens may have their eyes on yet another offensive weapon.
In recent reports, it appears that Matt Jones of the Washington Redskins is about as unhappy with the team as humanly possible. Per Ian Rapoport, after showing up to Redskins’ minicamp, “So I won’t get fined,” to quote the great Marshawn Lynch, it’s become clear the Jones wants out of Washington as soon as possible.
To make the rumors even more clear, Jones’ agent as asked the Redskins for Jones to be released, according to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press, who said Jones’ agent, Hadley Engelhard, had this to say about the situation.
"“Engelhard told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Jones’ camp “asked very politely” for him to be released because “he has no future there.” Jones skipped recent voluntary offseason workouts and showed up for mandatory minicamp this week.”"
So, unless Washington wants a miserable third-string running back on their hands, it’s likely they’ll find a new home for the third year Jones before the end of the summer.
With 460 yards, three touchdowns and a 4.6 yards per carry mark through seven games last season, Jones isn’t necessarily a third string type back. Depending on where he ends up, he could be a contributor right from day one and even compete for the starting job with some teams.
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Which, leads us to the Baltimore Ravens. Currently, the Ravens’ starting running back is up for grabs between Terrance West and Lorenzo Taliaferro, with Danny Woodhead as the primary receiving back.
Although neither option is a bad choice for the Ravens, combining West’s 774 total yards in 2016 to an injury-prone Taliaferro isn’t the best case scenario for Baltimore’s backfield. Which, leads us to Matt Jones and the Baltimore Ravens.
Right now, Jones is playing on his rookie contract, making just $737,845 annually with the Redskins. Baltimore isn’t a likely candidate to trade for Jones, but if he was to be released, he wouldn’t be looking for much money as only a third-year player with more to prove before a big contract.
Baltimore is looking to do whatever necessary to move back into the AFC North discussion. Their pickup of Jeremy Maclin has closed the gap between them and the Steelers significantly, but their offense still isn’t up to par with the rest of the division (outside the Cleveland Browns).
If they’re serious about making a playoff run in 2017, adding a solid running back is the next step in the process. Even if it’s not someone to come in and start, adding a running back who could explode on this offense is something they may be willing to discuss.
For right now, this is all rumor, but with Jones wanting out of Washington this bad and the Ravens needing a sound running back to assist in their offensive movement, this situation could happen sooner than you’d expect.