Report: Teams Interested In Trading For Ronald Jones

October 18th, 2021


This would be a bit surprising to Joe.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network has his ear to the ground listening to what NFL suits are saying about the looming NFL trade deadline on Nov. 2, two weeks from tomorrow.

Pelissero claims teams are monitoring how the Bucs are using (or not using) running back Ronald Jones, and wondering if the Bucs might be interesting in shipping Jones out. One reason is because Playoff Lenny has taken over the coveted RB1 slot.

The only way Joe can see this happening is if the Bucs find a corner that is both a solid defender and is inexpensive.

Joe would be surprised if the Bucs parted with RoJo as he is a strong backup to Playoff Lenny. And if Playoff Lenny goes down, with a little help from a pat on the back, RoJo would be fine as the top running back.

Joe guesses this all boils down to how Ke’Shawn Vaughn is looking in practice. If the Bucs figure Vaughn, a third-round pick in 2020, can handle backup running back duties and perform well given, say, 10 or 12 touches a game, maybe that means RoJo is expendable?

61 Responses to “Report: Teams Interested In Trading For Ronald Jones”

  1. D-Rome Says:

    The team may as well look for a trade partner because he should not get an extension once the rookie deal is up.

  2. tampabuscsbro Says:

    I say trade him he is going to be gone after this year anyway and he is replacement level with the in house options we have.

  3. Mike Says:

    If we can get a good CB, then heck yeah, go for it.

  4. JimmyJack Says:

    Doesnt seem to make a lot of sense. Why would we trade away depth before the playoffs? I could see the possibility of getting a DB but any team trading for RoJo is for sure a contending team so why would they give up their depth?

    I dont see the Bucs trading for next years draft when we are clearly going for a title.

  5. alton d green Says:

    he’s about as exciting as watching grass grow

  6. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I agree with 4/5 of these comments.

  7. Dewey Selmon Says:

    The day after we trade him Lenny injures his ankle and is out 4-6 weeks. Depth wins championships (Aaron Stinnie). We can cover up short comings in the secondary. We have SMB and Davis coming back. We should be at full strength after the bye.

  8. Leighroy Says:

    RoJo needs to be kept for the playoffs when it matters, not to get a replacement level CB for the next 3 weeks. Long term mindset over short-term.

    We’ll get a throwaway 6th round pick if he helps juice the numbers among the FA’s to walk after this year in compensatory picks.

  9. allbuccedup Says:

    If they can get a second rounder for him hes gone. But I believe a third is as high as they would get. So he stays!

  10. RCS Says:

    So everyone who saying Jones doesn’t deserve an extension or not exciting, have just forgot that before he was injured that he was the 3rd in rushing in the NFL? Jones isn’t going to break the bank, he’s worth middle of the pack RB money and its not like Vaughn has shown to be better than Jones if Lenny goes down with an injury. Unless teams are offering a 1st or 2nd it wouldn’t be worth it to trade him…

  11. BuccaneerButters Says:

    As tempting as this is, he’s still a hard runner and is fairly to an extent dependable. Sure, his hands aren’t the greatest, but his fumbling may be overblown a bit. I’d love to get Vaughn some touches, he appears to be the future, but it’s about now and going back to back. Rojo is the best for that. Unless it’s an offer we as the cliché goes “can’t refuse” I say we hold steady.

  12. Youngbucs Says:

    Feed rojo!!!!

  13. DoooshLaRue Says:

    It would have to be good compensation sure, but he is expendable.
    You can’t be scared to make a move like this.

  14. Buc50 Says:

    Trading him would be a mistake

  15. Lets Roll Says:

    I am less worried about Lenny getting hurt after a trade than I am about the guy they would trade for at CB.

  16. SlyPirate Says:

    Bucs would get a 6th rounder for Rojo. Keep him as injury insurance.

    If you’re all-in with a winning hand, you stay all in.

  17. D-Rome Says:

    If you’re all-in with a winning hand, you stay all in.

    As an avid poker player I think this is a great comment. The Bucs should move him if the deal is too good to be true. Otherwise I think you’re right. This is largely the team that won the Super Bowl, RoJo included.

  18. teacherman777 Says:

    Lenny runs hard.

    Keep Rojo.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    We need to keep them both. It’s a long year and injuries happen.

  20. Swampbuc Says:

    No trading anyone.

  21. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Bucs better keep RoJo.
    What if Fournette goes down?
    Shelf life on RB’s are historically short.

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t mess with it”

  22. JimmyJack Says:

    Sly is right. Youre getting a 6th round pick for RoJo. Not worth it when it hurts our chances to win SB……..Now if we can get a player in return Id think about it.

  23. Richard Dickson Says:

    I’d want a player now, not a draft pick next year.

  24. ocala Says:

    I am with Joe. Only way I am trading him is if the Bucs get a solid starting CB in exchange.
    Bucs have a great shot at winning the Super Bowl again so there is no reason to trade him without something in exchange that makes the team better this year.

  25. PassingThru Says:

    There’s still no clear picture as to when the starting CBs return, let alone an indication as to their level of play when they return. If a decent CB is offered then I hope the Bucs do the trade.

    One team that seems desperate is Cleveland. They lost Chubb and Hunt, and their season looks like it’s going down the toilet.

  26. Hodad Says:

    Joe, give us a list of what teams might be interested. I can think, Balt, Browns, Giants? If a trade is made, do it with a team who you think will finish with the worst record. Why is everyone saying a sixth rounder? I don’t want an average corner, and a 6th. If your trading from a position of make us an offer we can’t refuse, than only take an offer you can’t refuse. We do have a RB on the practice squad also. Any insight on him Joe?

  27. MadMax Says:

    Rojo + a draft pick for Patrick Peterson!

  28. Alanbucsfan Says:

    This would be a bit surprising to Joe.
    …. like a wet dream

  29. DaBux Says:

    I’d be thrilled with a 5th rounder.

  30. John Says:

    Be patient and let the secondary get healthy. Not enough depth to trade rojo or Howard as Gronk is injury prone. The bucs only face 1 an that can hurt them the rest of the year(Allen).

  31. Listnfrmafar Says:

    RB’s are a dime a dozen. Rojo runs hard and showed some great burst last season but a total bust this season. You never get a quality CB for a second string Rb. If you can get something get it Bucs lose him once contract expires.

  32. Beeej Says:

    I can’t see Vaughn as an every-down back

  33. lambchop Says:

    This would have to be for an above average CB. Otherwise, we’ve hit the soft part of our schedule and can survive a few more weeks with our backup CBs. Rojo is crucial, not only as injury insurance, but c-19 insurance. Rojo is still productive when he gets his touches. The fact that he’s being used less, is a good thing, as we’ll have fresh legs down the stretch.

  34. adam from ny Says:

    still a long season ahead with rollercoaster possibilities happening…

    hold steady because balls can slap your chin at any moment…

    look at the cleveland browns…

    playoff lenny can be injured reserve lenny in the blink of an eye…

    (hopefully not, but just saying)

    you never know, rojo might steal the rb1 spot back after the bye week…

    anything is possible when low hanging fruit smacks your chin

  35. Defense Rules Says:

    RoJo’s being used this year differently than he was last year. He’s only averaging 6 carries a game for one thing, and his YPC is down quite a bit as a consequence (to 3.8 YPC now vs 5.1 YPC last year). Longest runs by game this year: 5, 10, 5, 8, 5, 9 (he’s not breaking tackles & getting the YAC like he did last year). But it’s how he’s been being used that boggles my mind:

    o Dallas game: 4 carries – 14 yards (ALL on 1st down).
    o Falcons game: 6 carries – 27 yards (3 on 1st down).
    o Rams game: 5 carries – 11 yards ( 3 on 1st down).
    o Patriots game: 6 carries – 25 yards (5 on 1st down).
    o Dolphins game: 5 carries – 21 yards (4 on 1st down).
    o Eagles game: 5 carries – 20 yards (4 on 1st down).

    So I wonder if there’s any obvious trend here? RoJo has 31 carries, and 23 of them were on 1st down. Hmmm. So here’s a RB who’s the 3rd RB choice for catching the ball, 3rd choice for pass blocking, and he’s only put in sporadically into the game, usually on 1st down. Gee, I wonder if he’ll be running the ball on 1st down? YGBSM. When RoJo goes in BL should just put a sign around his neck that says to the defense ‘Hey, it’s me RoJo. I’m running the ball’. Duh.

  36. HC Grover Says:

    Let ROJO Go.

  37. OBP Says:

    Do it and grab a CB or get some O-line/D-line depth.

  38. Jerry Says:

    Won’t happen unless the other team wants offer a CB on the table.

  39. unbelievable Says:

    RCS nailed it, and as usual, DR brought the facts to support it.

    They are using him terribly this year. It’s blatantly obvious what we are doing when he’s in the game. And he’s not getting enough touches to actually go off like he did last year.

    I’m happy Fournette is stepping up, but at the end of the day RoJo is still more explosive (and pretty dangerous on those swing passes), they just need to give the kid some touches so he can actually get going.

  40. Buczilla Says:

    I’d trade him for a fourth round pick or a decent corner, but I don’t think that anyone would be willing to part with either. Maybe package him and some picks for an above average corner? He’s too valuable to us to just get a throwaway pick for him.

  41. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Keep Rojo to help Fournette stay motivated.

  42. DoooshLaRue Says:


    Clearly your stats on 1st down runs are wrong.
    webster schooled us all recently and assured us that we rarely run on first down.

    Quit making stuff up man!

  43. rrsrq Says:

    one hurt ankle by Lenny and Bucs are in a pickle, the same way Lenny got his chance, could happen for Rojo and I am pretty sure with at least 12-15 touches a game with Rojo his numbers would be better than Lenny, even pass catching (not mad at Lenny for taking the reins and running with it though. But Lenny is probably better in pass protection.

  44. Dyno-White ! # 45 Says:

    2 good running backs is the best for everyone, including other running backs. There is a reason they have the shortest careers and miss the most games. It’s hard on your body. Remember when Gruden gushed over Cadillac Williams so much he declared “it’s Cadillac or bust. “. As talented as Williams was, we’ll never know how great he would’ve been if Gruden didn’t have him rush 43 times in a game. He never had 1,000 yards after his rookie of the year award as he was constantly injured. Pace your running backs. Their bodies have to have speed like a slender Wide out and still play the game as gritty as 300 lb linemen.

  45. SteveK Says:

    Trade RoJo for a DB or draft pick.

    Sign Adrian Peterson for the RoJo roll. His old legs will have plenty of juice for a playoff push, and he still wants a ring. He’d be great for us.

  46. Buc1987 Says:

    Keep Rojo.

  47. Craig Says:

    Throw his name out there and see what might happen. If it isn’t enough, pass.

    Hopefully some good trade will come by, if we hold on to him for a back-up, we will just have to wave him goodbye next season. The Bucs will not extend his contract. He has too many brain farts.

  48. Hodad Says:

    Madmax, Peterson is out with a hammy, no thanks. We already have an old team that’s falling apart, see Richard Sherman. Get some picks, we’re already to old.

  49. MadMax Says:

    Oh, i didnt know, thanks for the heads up….just thought it could be done cheap for this final push….even if he sits a few weeks.

  50. David Says:

    Looking at it from a win now approach, they need his depth.
    Looking towards the future – he’s probably gone after this year so if they can get a DB or fourth rounder, take it.

    It all depends on what they think of Gio and Vaughn backing up Lenny

  51. GMC hater Says:

    Probably not worth it unless we can get a really good young corner for him.

  52. August 1976 Buc Says:

    If the Bucs can get real help for the secondary, yes trade him Rojo. If not, then keep him as good depth in the running game. He is a head case yes, but is a good runner. But just not a good RB, which means recieving and blocking, not just toting the rock.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  53. Bucky Says:

    Trade Rojo for any tackler and kick tires with Todd Gurley. Very similar running style. Heck wouldn’t even mind AP at this rate

  54. Man Child Says:

    Keep him for injury insurance and using later in games when he’s fresh after battering opposing Defensive Lines with Fournette for 2-3 quarters.

  55. Killian Says:

    These are the types of moves you make for continuing success. People are acting like we don’t have Vaughn waiting to get his chance. We are in a position of strength and have the opportunity to sell high on Rojo, probably to the Browns. Vaughn can handle the 5-10 plays a game that Rojo was getting.

  56. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Most of you just do not get it. Jones has a career rushing average of 4.5 yards per carry-Better than Emmit Smith , Walter Payton, and Ladainian Tomlinson and many other HOF’ers. The reason his career numbers are so lofty is because he is a HOME RUN threat every time he runs it (See Bucs record 98 yarder video) and if given 20 reps the numbers say he will have a 20 yard plus run. Jones should be the bellcow. One fumble on opening day is not benching worthy , hell the defender made a great play. However if you look at the soft perfect pass that Lenny muffed and turned into an interception , lenny cannot make that claim as he was under no defensive pressure. Lenny should have been on the pine, not Jones.
    You need not just depth , but quality depth where there is no drop off when the next man steps up , Jones gives you that. Player for player trades never happen hardly at all-so forget that and you are not going to receive a 2nd rounder which would be correct value-SO FREAKING MOVE ON!!!!!

  57. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Not going to happen.

    Jones is the future bellcow. He would get more reps now, but they are saving him for the playoffs.

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  59. M. Steelman Says:

    I don’t believe they will trade him before season is over. Rojo runs with violence is the best way to describe his runs. Ariens clearly prefers Lenny. Lenny looks like a runaway dump truck on his carries so you don’t lose anything going one to the other. But one more fumble from Rojo and he’s probably toast.

  60. CChead Says:

    Trade Rojo for Marlon Mack.

  61. Ericb Says:

    Yall are forgetting we still have gio who has moved ahead if rojo it seems…WE NEED DEFENSE!!! TRADE HIM FOR A CB!!!!