Ronald Jones was a Super Bowl champion with the Tampa bay Buccaneers and still wanted an opportunity to compete for a championship. Why not join the team the Buccaneers beat in the Super Bowl two seasons ago — and one that’s been to four consecutive AFC Championship Games?
Jones signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs worth up to $5 million. While Jones appears set to split carries with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the reason he picked Kansas City instead of seeking a feature role was quite clear.
“They fit very well, talking to Coach (Andy Reid) and Coach EB (Eric Bieniemy). Just seeing the things they do with running backs, I think my skill set translates perfectly,” Jones said to reporters at his introductory press conference Saturday. “I think that’s another thing about the Andy Reid system, everybody’s going to eat. So, I’m excited to see my number get called and take it from there.”
Jones was the odd man out in Tampa Bay after the Buccaneers re-signed Leonard Fournette to a three-year deal. He had just 101 carries for 428 yards and four touchdowns last season (4.2 yards per carry), one year after his breakout campaign of 978 yards and seven touchdowns (5.1 yards per carry).
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Part of the revamped Kansas City offense after the Tyreek Hill trade, Jones joins JuJu Smith-Schuster (his former teammate at USC) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling as the new skill players in the Chiefs’ offense. The Chiefs’ offensive line also attracted Jones to Kansas City, especially after what Orlando Brown, Joe Thuney, Creed Humphrey, and Trey Smith were able to accomplish in their first year together.
“I saw two guys made the Pro Bowl, so experience there. The young guys they do have are the best in the league,” Jones said. “That’s another thing, just looking for those opportunities, and we’re going to complement each other well.
“At the end, I just wanted to be in a situation where I have the best chance to compete for that second ring and make my mark on the game.”