Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones will run it back with the Green Bay Packers. Jones’ agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN on Sunday that his client is returning to Green Bay in 2021 on a new four-year deal.
Jones, who was set to be the most prominent RB on the free agency market, will reportedly earn $48 million in the next four seasons. This includes a $13 million signing bonus.
The 26-year-old star also confirmed the news on his social media.
According to Rosenhaus, he expected Jones to get even bigger offers in the free agency, but the player wanted to remain with the Packers.
Jones, who was Green Bay’s fifth-round pick in 2017, emerged as the team’s primary back in the past two years. He posted back-to-back 1,000+ rushing seasons and led the NFL with 19 rushing touchdowns in 2019 while also emerging as a weapon in the passing game.
The Packers and Aaron Jones were engaged in negotiations since early 2020 but reportedly struggled to agree on guaranteed money that would be included in the contract.
Green Bay earlier passed on the opportunity to franchise-tag Jones for a modest $8 million as they wanted to continue pursuing a long-term deal. It ended up paying off, and they now have their lead back locked for the future.
Green Bay will now have to figure out the rest of their backfield after extending Jones. They have last year’s second-round pick AJ Dillon on board but will most likely add a few more complementary players as veteran Jamaal Williams is set to leave in free agency.