Bucs' Arians rejects notion of Jones trade

21 October 2021 21:15:56 GMTPlus11
Arians eager to keep hold of Jones II

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has shot down reports that the Super Bowl champions would be willing to part with running back Ronald Jones II ahead of this season's 2nd November trade deadline.

Arians insists the Bucs, 11/2 to repeat their 2020 season success by winning Super Bowl LVI, aren't interested in entertaining offers for the 24-year-old.

Jones staying put

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported on Monday that a few teams are monitoring the trade status of Jones, who has lost his status as the Bucs' all-down back.

He has not rushed for more than six attempts or 27 yards in any of Tampa Bay's six games this season.

The fourth-year pro from Southern Cal was on his way to a 1,000-yard season when he became ill and missed the final two games of the 2020 regular season.

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That gave a chance to Leonard Fournette, who grabbed his opportunity with both hands during the Bucs' Super Bowl run to earn the nicknames 'Playoff Lenny' and 'Lombardi Lenny'.

Arians standing firm

Arians used Fournette's situation last year as an example of why the Buccaneers want to keep Jones around and maintain a deep pool of backfield options.

"No, none at all," Arians replied when asked if the team would be interested in listening to trade offers.

"It's a long season, and just that scenario that happened last year and still....you can't have enough good backs."

The Bucs' running back options currently include Fournette, who has averaged 100 or more yards from scrimmage in three consecutive games, Jones, Giovani Bernard and Ke'Shawn Vaughn.

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