The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Jones have agreed to a four-year deal worth $48 million. The deal includes a $13 million signing bonus. This deal will put Aaron Jones amongst a handful of the highest paid running backs in the league. The move was slightly surprising since the Packers decided not to place the franchise tag on Jones. Jones was wildly speculated to test free agency but decided to stay on a long term deal for the team that drafted him out of the 5th round in 2017. Jones has been one of the best running backs the Green Bay Packers have had in the 21st century. The Packers have historically been a passing team, but with Rodgers aging, Jones can take some of the pressure off of Rodgers workload. Jones is an elite talent and wants to continue playing for a winning team in Green Bay rather than taking a big payday from a team like Jacksonville or Miami who are nowhere near the contenders that Green Bay is.
With Aaron Jones being the best running back available in free agency, this opens the door for Chris Carson to have significant bargaining leverage when the doors for free agency open this week. Mack, Conner, and Drake are some of the other notable free agent running backs available that can jump ship this offseason. Carson being the best remaining after Jones stayed in Green Bay. Jones staying in Green Bay significantly altered many GM’s plan of attack when free agency officially begins on March 17th.