RB - GB
RB Aaron Jones and the Green Bay Packers have agreed to a four-year, $48M extension.
Just moments before the announcement, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported the Packers were pushing hard to re-sign Jones. Per his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, Jones gets a $13M signing bonus. His return to Green Bay certainly lowers the value of 2nd-year running back AJ Dillon, whom dynasty fantasy managers in particular had high hopes for if Jones were to leave in free agency. In any case, Jones is back with the Packers for another four years, which will make him 30 years old at the end of his newest contract extension.
Teams have until 12:00 PM EST Monday to re-sign their own players, and according to sources, the Packers are trying to re-sign star RB Aaron Jones.
As was expected, the Packers did not choose to use the Franchise Tag on Jones, who will become a free agent if he does not reach a deal with the Packers by the Monday deadline. The Packers are trying to re-sign Jones, but Jones and his camp likely won’t take a hometown discount if the offer isn’t what he believes he’s worth. Jones has rushed for over 3,000 yards and 37 touchdowns in his four years in Green Bay. AJ Dillon’s 2021 outlook depends heavily on if the Packers re-sign Jones to a contract extension.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Packers aren’t placing the franchise tag on RB Aaron Jones.
Jones is the top RB on the market and will gain interest from multiple teams. He rushed for 1,104 yards on 201 attempts and had nine rushing touchdowns in 2020. Jones deserves a big payday and will hope to get a workhorse role on his next team. He will be a fantasy RB1 regardless of where he ends up.
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst says the franchise tag is a possibility for RB Aaron Jones.
"It's very much case by case," Gutekunst said. He also added that he typically prefers to avoid using the franchise tag. The tag checks in at around $8 million for running backs this season, which isn't much for one year. Jones has also been connected to the Dolphins, who are known to be looking for a new feature back this offseason. Stay tuned.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that there’s mutual interest between free agent RB Aaron Jones and the Dolphins.
Jones is the top free agent running back on the market and the Dolphins are reportedly interested. Miami has $26 million in cap space and could make a significant bid to sign Jones. The 26-year-old RB reportedly could make up to $15 million per season. “Miami and the Jets are the two teams most likely to sign him, from what I’ve heard,” said Ian Wharton of the Sportsbook Review. The Bears, 49ers and Steelers are also reportedly “heavily interested” in acquiring the free agent running back. Jones logged 201 carries for 1,104 yards along with 47 receptions for 355 yards and 11 total touchdowns across 14 games in 2020.
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