There’s not much of a financial reason that Ronald Jones II needs the 2020 season happen, but this has more to do with his long-term impact and ‘staying power.’
Jones’ rookie deal still has two years remaining on it and he’s set to make over $1 million in each of the next two seasons. That being said, the most important contract for running backs is the second one.
Running backs don’t have long shelf-lives in the NFL, even in a vertical passing offensive scheme, and that means Jones II has to put himself in the best position possible to get a big-time second deal. If a year passes without him being able to prove himself, that means another offseason for the Buccaneers to bring in another big name that potentially unseats him on the depth chart.