Almost every offseason Green Bay Packers fans are upset after free agency at the lack of spending from the Packers. With quarterback Aaron Rodgers coming off an MVP-winning season proving he still has what it takes at age 37 Green Bay needs to maximize the remainder of Rodgers career as he is one of the best quarterbacks of all-time. Green Bay re-signed pro bowl running back Aaron Jones before the official start of free agency giving the young back a four-year $48 million to stay with the Packers.
“We anticipated bigger offers in free agency, but Aaron wanted to stay with the Packers,” agent Drew Rosenhaus said.
Jones now ranks in the top 10 in highest-paid running backs and is expected to continue to get better as the years go on.
Aaron Jones’ Improvement
Jones was drafted by Green Bay in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft out of the University of Texas at El Paso. In his rookie season Jones only started in four games, but each year since he has gotten more playing time and has become the Packers full-time starting running back. Jones is not the typical NFL running back as he can do it all. Jones is a spectacular receiver out of the backfield and has great vision to find holes as a runner.
Jones is coming off his most efficient and best season in 2020 making his first career pro bowl. Jones rushed the ball for Green Bay 201 times for a career-high 1,104 yards and nine touchdowns. In addition to Jones rushing stats, he compiled 47 receptions for 355 yards and two touchdowns.
Why Did Green Bay Draft a Running Back High in 2020?
This question continues to remain unanswered. In the 2020 NFL Draft, Green Bay passed on a very talented pool of wide receivers to select A.J. Dillon, a talented running back out of Boston College in round two. It is always good to have depth at the running back position, but why use such a high draft pick on someone that will not be a starter for the foreseeable future. By paying Jones the Packers have now invested a high draft pick and a lot of money into the running back when Green Bay is a passing first team.
Even with A.J. Dillon backing up Jones I feel that this is 100% the right decision from the Packers. Dillon is more of a bruising running back and he complements Jones receiving skills quite well. Especially with Jones coming off his first pro bowl in the NFL it would have been foolish for Green Bay to let one of their top weapons walk in free agency.
Staying in Green Bay
As mentioned earlier Jones’s agent Drew Rosenhaus acknowledged that Jones wanted to stay in Green Bay and did not test free agency. It is believed that teams like the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins would have been in the mix for Jones and that if he did reach free agency he would have commanded more money. For Jones, it is clear that he is comfortable with the Packer’s offensive system, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his role on the team.
By re-signing Jones Green Bay has a talented quarterback, running back and one of if not the best wide receiver in the league with Devante Adams. Green Bay should consider upgrading the offensive line and adding another talented receiver to go along with Adams. Aaron Rodgers has done a good job of working with what Green Bay gives him, but it is time for them to seriously pursue a Super Bowl before it is too late and Rodgers calls it a career.
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