Two NFC Rivals Showing Interest in Vikings Free Agent
As free agency basically started on Monday, a few teams are showing interest in Vikings free agent Brett Jones. Two of those teams are Minnesota’s rivals: the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers.
The guard / center Jones combo had very limited play in 2020 for the Vikings, playing just 138 offensive shots. That said, when Jones was called in to replace the offensive line, he was pretty productive. Per PFF, he got a rating of 77.6, with a blocking rating of 76.1 passes and a blocking rating of 73.6 tracks.
The 29-year-old began his professional career in the CFL before joining the New York Giants before the 2016 season. After a short stint with the Jets, Jones joined the Vikings in 2018 and served as a viable replacement in 2018 and 2020, appearing in 29 games in total between the two seasons. Those years sandwich a 2019 season in which he spent much of the season in IR due to a torn meniscus.
Jones and the Vikings have gone through this free agency process several times over the past few years. Ahead of the 2019 season, the Vikings cut Jones to re-sign him days later for a cheaper offer. The Vikings, obviously, also brought him back for the 2020 season after that contract expired.
There is no evidence the Vikings intend to bring him back for a fourth season or let him walk this offseason. That said, Jones certainly provided much-needed depth to the offensive line during his years at Minnesota, and could do the same for any team he chooses to sign with in 2021.