The Dallas Cowboys have picked up a new veteran running back to complement Tony Pollard in the backfield.
According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, the Cowboys have signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs running back Ronald Jones. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo added that it’s a one-year deal for Jones.
The Jones signing comes a week after the Cowboys released two-time rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott from his contract in a cap-saving move. Tony Pollard, the team’s leading rusher of 2022, was assigned the franchise tag ahead of free agency.
Jones is a two-time Super Bowl champion who won a Super Bowl 55 ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers plus another title with the Chiefs this past season. Jones saw very limited playing time in Kansas City, appearing in just six games and seeing 17 carries for 70 yards and one rushing touchdown.
Jones enjoyed a greater role on the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl 55 championship squad, leading the team with 978 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Leonard Fournette replaced Jones as Tampa’s RB1 in 2021, and the latter finished with a mere 428 rushing yards for four touchdowns.
The 25-year-old Jones has 2,244 career rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns over his first five NFL seasons. He won’t replace Pollard as the lead running back in Dallas, but Jones can expect his fair share of goal line carries like Elliott did in 2022.
The Cowboys are coming off a second straight 12-win season. They were eliminated by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Round.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.