Possible cap savings in 2023: $16 million
The Packers have to do something about Aaron Jones’ contract. Unfortunately, that may mean moving on from their star running back.
When Jones signed a new deal last year, the 2023 offseason was always going to be a key moment.
To keep cap hits lower in the first two years of the deal, the Packers pushed money into future years. Well, the time has come.
Jones’ cap hit jumps up to over $20 million next year and is a little over $16 million in 2024. That’s a lot to pay for a running back who will turn 29 next season.
How much would the Packers create in cap space if they moved on from Jones next offseason?
If the move happened before June 1, they would save $10.46 million. If it’s after June 1, they would create $16 million. It always felt like a two-year extension for Jones as the cap hits in 2023 and beyond were so high.
Unless a restructure is agreed or Jones signs another extension, it’s difficult to see how he stays in Green Bay. The Packers need to lower his future cap hits somehow, and their only option may be to move on from one of their greatest-ever running backs.