NFL Free Agency: Aaron Jones Staying with Packers After Reaching 4-Year Deal
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 16: Aaron Jones #33 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 16, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones is staying in Green Bay.
The star rusher has agreed to a four-year deal worth $48 million with the Green Bay Packers, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Sunday.
The deal is reportedly worth $48 million over four years with a $13 million signing bonus.
Jones, who is represented by super agent Drew Rosenhaus, had been in contract negotiations with Green Bay for over a year. Sunday’s news comes one week after the Packers opted to not exercise the franchise tag ahead of the Mar. 10 deadline, which would have cost around $8 million.
Jones, 26, was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft from UTEP. He has accrued 3,364 rushing yards, 37 rushing touchdowns, 131 catches, 1,057 receiving yards and six touchdowns over 54 regular season appearances. He tied Titans running back Derrick Henry for the most rushing touchdowns in 2019.
In spite of missing two games with a calf injury in 2020, the fifth-year RB posted his second consecutive 1,000-yard season and earned his first Pro Bowl nomination. Jones rushed for a career-high 1,104 yards and scored 11 total touchdowns over 14 regular-season starts in 2020.
Jones remains the bell-cow running back on the Packers’ depth chart, which consists of 2020 second-rounder A.J. Dillon, 22. Last season’s backup, Jamaal Williams, is a free agent. Dillon and Williams combined for 747 rushing yards and four touchdowns in 2020 behind Jones’ huge season.
From a fantasy football perspective, Action Network expert Sean Koerner believes the biggest takeaway from the move actually isn’t about Jones. Instead, the reaction is the hit Dillon’s stock takes, especially in keeper and dynasty formats.