3. Aaron Jones
A player to watch for the Green Bay Packers, and also in fantasy football leagues, this season is Aaron Jones. As the featured back in Matt LaFleur’s offense, Jones has every chance to set career-bests in every category, from rushing to receiving to touchdowns.
Based on talent alone, Jones is among the top running backs in football. He’s been unlucky with injury over the past two years, and also not given a consistent role as the featured back in the Packers offense. But that should change in a new system.
Despite his talent, Jones isn’t on a big deal. As it’s just his third season in the league, Jones is still on his rookie contract. And as he didn’t get picked until the fifth round, his average salary is even lower.
Jones’ average salary is actually below Packers rookie Dexter Williams’, which is surprising. Jones’ deal is four years in length with a value of just $2.6 million. His cap hit for 2019 is only $695,487, rising to $785,487 in 2020.
For a player who will play such an important role in Green Bay’s offense this year, Jones is underpaid. But with a strong 2019, don’t be surprised if the Packers offer him a contract extension prior to the 2020 season, the final year on his contract.