Packers: Why Aaron Jones is worth the money in 2023

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Aaron Jones has been a staple in the Green Bay Packers offense since 2017.

Over his tenure in Green Bay, Jones has had over 5,000 yards and 43 touchdowns, gaining the most yards of his career this season.

With Aaron Rodgers thinking about retirement and Jordan Love ready to take the helm, Jones could see more use next season.

According to Over The Cap, Jones’ cap hit for the 2023 season is $20.01 million.

A number that is the highest for any running back and would rank 14th among quarterbacks. With the Packers currently over the cap by $16.48 million, it seems like Jones is bound to restructure his contract to help with the cap situation.

Despite splitting carries with AJ Dillon, Jones has proved himself time and time again to be a great safety net for either Aaron Rodgers or Jordan Love. The money that Jones is currently being paid is enough for a lot of teams to consider not wanting to pay for a running back in the current state of the NFL. Jones adds some extra worth by being a dependable receiver as well.

But Jones has showed why he is worth the money, ranking 10th on the list of most rushing yards in 2022, while having on average 100 less carries.

Even among running backs with a minimum 150 carries, Jones was #1 in yards per carry at a staggering 5.3 YPC. Jones has been playing amazing and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

With Jordan Love potentially being the starter for the Packers next season, Aaron Jones will definitely be worth the money as a safety net for the first-year starter. If Aaron Rodgers decides to stay, then Jones could take some of the load off of Rodgers and run the ball more, which is something that they should have been doing last season.