Packers RB Aaron Jones Faces One Big Issue in Hopes for Big Free Agent Contract

Jason Schandl
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones may have trouble getting a big free agent contract next offseason.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones may have trouble getting a big free agent contract next offseason. / Harry How/Getty Images

Aaron Jones has developed into a huge part of the Green Bay Packers' offense over his first three NFL seasons. He's steadily seen his workload increase each year, receiving 285 touches and contributing 1,558 yards with 19 touchdowns in 2019.

He's set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2020 season, and while that high level of play would usually let him command a big contract, he'll face a real hurdle in getting paid big money next offseason.

The running back market is going to be completely saturated, and teams just aren't going to have much reason to spend big at the position. Even if a few of those big free agents re-sign with their current teams, having that number of top options available will mean teams simply won't have to over-pay like they do some years.

And for any team really looking to save money, the incoming rookie RB class is looking like one of the best in recent memory. If a team is willing to gamble a bit on a rookie, they'll have a shot at adding a top back on a very cheap contract.

Jones has been a huge asset for the Packers, averaging 5.0 yards per carry and 5.4 yards per reception over his career, but in today's NFL, solid running back play is just not that hard to come by. And that looks like it will be especially true next offseason.

Of course, for the Packers that could be a very good thing. The loaded RB market may let them bring Jones back at a bit of a discount compared to what they'd usually expect to pay for a player of his quality, giving them some long-term security in the backfield.

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