Aaron Jones announces return to Packers
Aaron Jones was assumed to be headed elsewhere in free agency, but he’ll continue to play his home games at Lambeau Field. According to Jones himself, the versatile running back will be returning to the Green Bay Packers for the foreseeable future.
Jones took to Twitter Sunday to reveal he’s returning to Green Bay:
— Aaron Jones 3️⃣3️⃣ (@Showtyme_33) March 14, 2021
ESPN’s Adam Schefter then followed up Jones’ announcement with details of the new contract:
Aaron Jones has reached agreement with the Packers on a 4-year deal worth $48 million, including a $13 million signing bonus, @DrewJRosenhaus tells ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2021
Aaron Jones’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, also said the running back could have got a bigger contract in free agency, but he wanted to stay with Green Bay. Entering free agency, Jones was going to be the most coveted running back option on the open market.
Back in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Packers took Jones in the fifth round and Jamaal Williams in the fourth round. The decision to ink Jones to a multi-year extension could lead to Williams playing elsewhere in the upcoming season.
After seeing a complementary role in his first two seasons in the NFL, Jones has been the go-to guy in Green Bay’s backfield in the last two years. Jones compiled 1,558 yards from scrimmage and 19 total touchdowns in 2019. The Texas-El Paso product would follow that up by producing 1,459 yards from scrimmage and 11 total touchdowns in 2020.
While fans will be content with bringing back a fan favorite in Jones, some may question the choice to select AJ Dillon in last year’s draft. The Packers used their second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to add Dillon, which led many to believe he would be the eventual starter.
However, instead of letting him test the open market, the Packers have finalized a long-term contract with Aaron Jones. One guy who is smiling with the news of Jones signing is Chris Carson, who now becomes the most intriguing running back option in free agency.