We now have an idea of the new deal Packers RB Aaron Jones could receive.
Star running backs Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara have now reportedly signed new deals, setting the market for a future Jones contract.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Cook has signed a new five-year deal worth $63 million with the Vikings. Also according to Schefter, Kamara is signing a five-year deal worth $75 million to stay with the Saints.
Jones is up there with Cook and Kamara when it comes to talent. Soon, he should land a new deal similar to theirs.
Jones had 236 carries in Matt LaFleur’s offense last season, rushing for 1,084 yards and a league-best 16 touchdowns. He contributed as a receiver, too, making 49 catches for 474 yards and three touchdowns. In two playoff games, Jones added 149 all-purpose yards with four touchdowns.
However, the Packers’ star running back now enters the final year on his rookie deal. Considering his importance to this offense, it’ll be no surprise to see the team give him a new long-term deal in the near future.
And we now know the type of deal it’ll likely be. Expect Jones’ new contract to be similar in length — likely also five years — and also in terms in money. It won’t be a surprise if Jones’ deal is somewhere in between Cook and Kamara’s, or even slightly higher.
That is, of course, assuming the Packers agree to a new deal before the season starts.
It’s not an easy choice. If the Packers don’t work out a deal now and Jones dominates again in 2020, it’ll be that much harder to keep him next offseason.
That said, with a potential reduced salary cap next year, as well as key players like David Bakhtiari and Kevin King also having expiring contracts, it’s not an easy decision for the Packers.