Aaron Jones is heading into the last year of his contract with the Green Bay Packers. The twenty-five-year-old was drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. “Whether it’s my first year or my last year on a deal, I’m going to be just as motivated,” Jones told Green Bay media during a conference call on Wednesday.
With another season of 1500+ yards from scrimmage and a leading 19 touchdowns, the Running Back could be up for a big payday. He has played 40 games for the Packers since his debut and has scored 32 touchdowns. But his stellar performance and valuation might have put him beyond the salary-cap of the Packers.
The Green Bay has spent a handsome amount on draft picks despite already having obvious choices onboard. They seem to be eyeing young guns and develop them into quality league players. Despite this, Jones might be on their long-term plan. Talks have begun between the RB’s agents and the Packers on a new contract.
“I trust my agency and the Packers,” Jones said. “I’m really not looking at the market. I’m just focused on myself… and hopefully, that leads to me being a Packer for life.” Nothing will change for the franchise Running Back even if a contract is on the line for him. “I’m going to continue to work and do everything in my power“, he said.
Aaron is set to make $2.13 million this season and will perhaps be one of five starters who be out of contracts by next year. Christian McCaffrey raised the market standard by securing a $16 million per year contract with the Carolina Panthers last month. He is currently the highest-paid running back there is. The contract keeps him with the Panthers till the end of the 2025 season.
With both Jones and the Packers seemingly committed to continuing their relationship, we hope to hear of an extension sometime soon.