GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – It was a win-win.
Aaron Jones got (mostly) the payday he deserved. The Green Bay Packers kept their most important offense weapon outside MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the fold.
First reported by ESPN and NFL Network yesterday afternoon, Jones signed a four-year contract with Green Bay worth $48 million that includes a signing bonus of $13 million.
In the end, the reason was simple: Jones wanted to stay in Green Bay. With a quarterback and offense perfectly suited to his explosive skill set. Jones tweeted a picture of himself in his #33 Packer uniform with the message: “Let’s run in back #GoPackGo.”
In this case, it wasn’t just about the money. The fifth-round draft choice, the 182nd overall pick, was the grand-slam home run of the Packers’ 2017 draft class, which included Kevin King, Josh Jones, Montravius Adams, Vince Biegel, Jamaal Williams and Devante Mays.
Jones and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus—noted for getting his clients large free-agent contracts—expected more lucrative offers on the open market for his services.
But in the end, general manager Brian Gutekunst and executive vice president Russ Ball restructured contracts of several veterans to clear cap space to sign Jones, who rushed for 1,104 yards and nine touchdowns and also caught 47 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns in 2020. Jones was a threat to score any time he touched the football.
The deal was struck before Jones could reach the open market as NFL teams can begin the negotiation process with free agents this week.