Chances are the Green Bay Packers will lose their Pro Bowl Aaron Jones to free agency in March. The two sides didn’t manage to agree to terms about a new deal so far and are probably heading towards a breakup.
While Packers’ fans will be rightfully furious to lose such an important player, the front office did try to keep the 26-year-old running back at Lambeau Field.
According to Rob Demovsky’s recent piece for ESPN, Jones rejected an offer that would make him one of the top five highest-paid RBs in the league earlier this season.
Reportedly, Jones didn’t have an issue with the average salary but thought that the offer wasn’t good in terms of guaranteed money. Green Bay, on the other hand, decided to stick with their original proposal, and talks fell through.
As Demovsky points out, the Packers are in a tight spot salary cap-wise and have several other free agents they need to take care of. This is why making an improved offer for Jones seems highly unlikely.
Aaron Jones had a breakthrough season with Green Bay in 2019, having league-leading 16 touchdowns. He also contributed with 1,084 rushing yards and career-high 49 catches for 474 receiving yards and three scores.
This season, Jones stepped up his game even more. He had a weaker workload but managed to get the best of it and rush for 1,104 yards in 201 attempts.