RB - GB
Aaron Jones and the Packers have reached an agreement on an $11 million salary and a $8.52 signing bonus for the 2023 season.
Jones will still have two years remaining on his contract with the Packers, but this move will prevent him from being cut to save cap space. The Packers will continue to have their most dynamic playmaker and fantasy managers can continue to treat him as an RB1 in 2023.
Aaron Jones is expected to return in 2023, according to general manager Brian Gutekunst. However, the team could work to restructure Jones' contract, much like they have done with other core players.
Restructuring Jones' contract would allow the Packers to reduce his cap hit for 2023 and beyond. The veteran back remained dominant this past season, totaling 1,121 rushing yards, 395 receiving yards, and seven total touchdowns. Despite his solid stats, Jones lost opportunities to young teammate AJ Dillon, especially toward the end of the season. Dillon found the end zone seven times and also saw increased usage around the goal line. This unique backfield dynamic could put a cap on Jones' and Dillon's fantasy upside in 2023.
Aaron Jones was limited in practice on Thursday.
It is the second straight limited practice for Jones. He should be a full-go for Sunday night's must-win game against the Lions. He'll be a low-end RB1 play.
Aaron Jones was limited in practice on Wednesday.
Jones saw 14 carries last week against the Vikings. He should be a full-go for Sunday's must win game against the Lions. Jones was held to just 25 yards on the ground last time the Packers faced Detroit.
Aaron Jones had numerous chunk plays on the ground against the Vikings, finishing with 111 rushing yards on 14 carries. He added two receptions for two yards on three targets in the 41-17 win.
It was the first game over 100 yards rushing for Jones since Week 10. He finished with 14 carries compared to 12 for AJ Dillon as the backfield continues to be split. Both backs will have some fantasy appeal in Week 18 at home against the Lions in another must-win game for the Packers.