Aaron Jones Thought His Packers Career was Over After Second NFC Championship Loss

Published 03/26/2021, 5:38 PM EDT
Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Green Bay Packers and Aaron Jones finally agreed on a contract extension that suits both parties. Fans were surprised that the Packers failed to franchise tag Jones.

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Many even feared that he would leave Wisconsin for good in search of greener pastures. But everything is fine at Lambeau Field, at least for now.

Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) carries the ball against Los Angeles Rams cornerback Darious Williams (31) in the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Jones put pen to paper on a 4-year extension worth a reported $48 million. Both parties had agreed on a deal the weekend before free agency began. But it was not until today that Jones officially signed the deal, which keeps him with the Packers until 2024.

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But it was not long ago that the running back thought his time in Green Bay was all but over.

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Running back Aaron Jones re-signs for Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers star Aaron Jones spoke to the press on Friday after signing his big-money extension. He revealed how he was close to moving on, especially after the loss to the NFC Championship Game at the hands of Super Bowl LV champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He said, “Walking off the field the last game with my head down and not the way I wanted it to end and going through my mind, I’m like, ‘Man is this way my career’s going to end in Green Bay and in Lambeau? I definitely didn’t want to finish my career like that here, and I’m just blessed to be able to come back and suit back up here.

“It’s more money than my previous contract and if you continue to work, it will be there. Like I said, I feel like this is a perfect fit for me. I’ve been in this offense….I just feel like it was the right fit for me.

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“Feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface to enter my prime yet. I feel like I’ve still got a lot of growing to do, and I think it’s going to be scary for a lot of people and just continue to grind and work and I’ll be right where I want to be,” Jones said via a Zoom call on Friday.

Since joining the Packers in 2017, Jones has gone on to establish himself as a leader in the team’s locker room. The 26-year-old had 1,104 rushing yards and 9 rushing TDs last season. He had 1,000+ rushing yards and a career-high 16 rushing TDs the year before that.

If coach Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers can help Jones reach those same levels, they’ll be challenging for the Super Bowl again in 2021.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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