After being expected to hit the open market this offseason, running back Aaron Jones has resigned from the Green Bay Packers on a 4 year, 48 million dollar deal. The deal also comes with a 13 million dollar signing bonus.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus was quoted as saying that Jones was set to command a lot more on the open market, but “he wanted to stay in Green Bay.”
Jones has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons and proves to be a viable threat out of the backfield for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Typically, paying running backs a big-money contract in recent years has proven to not be the way towards success. Just look at the deal Le’Veon Bell signed in New York. Todd Gurley was cut a few short years after signing his long-term contract with the Rams. Ezekiel Elliot’s production dropped dramatically this year after signing an extension with Dallas.
However, Green Bay was able to get back Jones at a fairly reasonable price and he should be the lead back for Rodgers and the Packers for the next four years. Now, they need receiver help.