Possible Landing Spots
1. Cleveland Browns
It is no shock by now to see Bengals players as Cleveland Brown targets. Now that Hue Jackson is running the show in Cleveland, it is only natural to see him go after former players that he has coached and knows. Marvin Jones will likely be one Jackson’s top free agent targets. The reason why is because Cleveland has a need at WR. Everyone is zoned into the fact that Cleveland needs a quarterback, but the WR position is even worse to be honest. Josh Gordon is suspended, Travis Benjamin is a free agent, Andrew Hawkins is coming off of a injury prone season and Brian Hartline is serviceable, but not a true threat.
Cleveland’s cap salary is not much more than Cincinnati’s, therefore, Marvin Jones could get what he wants as a Brown. The money is there, a coaching staff and system that he knows, as well as he would be able to be the number one target depending on the reinstation of Josh Gordon. As a Bengals fan I’d hate to see it, but its definitely a possibility.
2. San Diego Chargers
The San Diego chargers are another team that Jones could consider taking his talents. To compare the Chargers to the Browns, there’s one main point to stress; Phillip Rivers. The Browns don’t have a quarterback, but the Chargers do. Rivers is an elite quarterback who can lead a team. The Chargers definitely struggled last season, but they have pieces in place that just need to grow. Players like Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen are the future of this team. While the presence of Allen would prohibit Jones from being the number one target, Jones would still excel in the two spot as we’ve seen in Cincinnati.
Rivers, Jones, Allen, Gordon and Danny Woodhead. By no means would this be as scary of a offense when LT and Antonio Gates were in their primes, but it would be a offense to take seriously. The AFC West in known for their high profile offenses and their deep threat quarterbacks. Being able to add to Jones, who is a deep threat himself, would expand the offense and fill one of their bigger needs this offseason.
3. Los Angeles Rams
A top 10 defense, a two headed rushing attack of Todd Gurley and Tre Mason as well as an X-factor in Tavon Austin. What are the Rams missing? A true WR(…..and a quarterback, but that’s a different story) The Rams are a team on the rise, yet they just need some passing targets. Insert Jones into the lineup and the Rams might just catch an eye or two as they reach for the playoffs next year. The Rams are in perfect position to complete their roster so that they can truly compete. Finding a quarterback, signing Jones and adding complementary wide receivers can all be done this offseason.
For Jones to consider this the Rams may have to sign a quarterback first, but other than that, it would be a great fit for Jones if he wants to take his chances as a number one WR. However, he should want to take those chances as there is not one team in the league that respects the Rams passing attack. Even with the signing of Jones, teams won’t double team him. That is perfect for Jones because he can beat one on one coverage most of the time. For example, let’s just say Robert Griffin III is throwing him the ball while Gurley is in the backfield. Jones will be open given the fact that the box is packed because of the fear of RG3 and Gurley running, leaving Jones with one on one coverage and Tavon Austin drawing attention as well. Yes, I believe it would be a great match and yes, I am advocating the signing of RG3 as well.
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4. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are in need of a WR. In this new Chip Kelly offense, the 49ers need guys who can flat out run. Torrey Smith is still there and he is known as a deep threat, but Anquan Boldin is on the back in of his career and is a free agent. Bringing in Jones would add another layer to the speed of Kelly’s system. However, Jones might be hesitant to go to San Francisco because in Kelly’s system it is exactly that, a system. Then again the 49ers are in the top 5 of open cap salary, therefore, they will probably look to fill some much needed holes in free agency.
Jones will certainly get some type of interest from the 49ers, but out of all possible landing spots I find this to be the least likely. The 49ers have way too many holes to fill and with Chip Kelly on a presumed short leash, I doubt he goes major spending in free agency. As we’ve seen from some of the best teams in the league, you win through the draft and I don’t believe Kelly wants to take the chance in free agency with the failure of the Demarco Murray project.
5. Minnesota Vikings
Marvin Jones to the Vikings is more so a fairytale than actually happening, however, its a possibility. Minnesota won the NFC North and made the playoffs with a lackluster passing attack. Teddy Bridgewater only threw 14 touchdowns and Stefon Diggs was the only standout on offense other than NFL rushing champ Adrian Peterson. There are a couple of reason why signing Jones could make sense. There is the obvious connection of a former coach in Mike Zimmer; also the Vikings need another target. “All day” A.P is getting up there in age, Diggs can’t do it all by himself and the Cordarrelle Patterson WR project didn’t work (they did however get a great returner).
Wherever Jones goes he will open another layer of an offense, but he would do that the most in Minnesota out of all five of these possible landing spots. Hopefully he returns to the Queen City, but nothing is guaranteed. If he does not resign, there is a good chance he ends up playing for one of these listed teams.