3 Super Bowl contenders who should be traded for Pro Bowl LB Deion Jones

Atlanta Falcons center linebacker Deion Jones is on the trade block and I can think a few Super Bowl contenders could really use him. Not that their chances of winning the Lombardi Trophy would move if they made a deal, but their chances of winning certainly would.

No, Jones, a former Pro Bowl pick, is not the best center linebacker in the league. He is, however, a consistent running thug with the ability to make plays in the passing game as well. For these three teams, whose Super Bowl odds of WynnBET I have in parentheses this is a great update to their current status.

The Chiefs play in a division where running back still matters and having someone to stop them is important. Unfortunately, their current starting center linebacker, Jermaine Carter, hasn’t proven himself capable of filling running backs like Austin Ekeler or Josh Jacobs. In fact, he just started his first full season with the Panthers last year and had 88 total tackles in 17 games. Jones had 87 SOLO tackles in 16 games last season.

The Chiefs have plenty of new faces on defense after an offseason makeover following a disastrous 2021 season. The addition of Jones not only solidifies the middle of this unit, but also gives them a comfortable play caller to support.

The big deal is that Jones has a base salary of $9.6 million and the Chiefs only have $7.6 million in cap space. But I’ve seen creative GMs do more with less.

The Bengals are trying to avoid a Super Bowl loser hangover by relying on their explosive offense to score a ton of points. But if you remember last year’s playoffs, it was actually their defense that made the biggest difference in the streak, holding the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Chiefs at 19, 16. and 24 points respectively to make the Super Bowl.

Another reason I like this move for them is that AFC North is a smashing division. Germaine Pratt has proven useful as the Bengals’ full-time starter at center linebacker for the past two years, but Jones is an upgrade both from a production and point guard perspective. .

The Bengals have over $13 million in cap space so they can afford Jones as is. Seems like a good choice to me.

The Dolphins proved they were ready to win this year when they traded for Tyreek Hill in the offseason. Now they can prove it again at a much lower asking price.

Elandon Roberts is a usable starter at left inside linebacker, but Jones can do more. Even better, Jones is already playing Roberts’ position in a 3-4 defense, so the transition should be smooth. And with over $16 million in ceiling space, they can afford it.

The Dolphins signed former Pro Bowl passing pitcher Melvin Ingram this offseason to give their defense a boost. If they can acquire Jones for a late pick, that would be another win. That seems like the most important thing in Miami right now, winning, so might as well swing for the fences with another trade that could pay off big.

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