2020 is going to be a weird season for Aaron Jones. The former 5th round pick of UTEP in 2017 enters a contract year. Jones was awesome in 2019 but now Green Bay just drafted AJ Dillon so what’s next for Jones? If it’s up to him, he wants to be a “Packer for life”.
“Whether it’s my first year or my last year on a deal, I’m going to be just as motivated,” Jones told reporters Wednesday in a Zoom call, per ESPN. “It doesn’t change just because a contract is on the line for me. I mean, I’m going to continue to work and do everything in my power. I trust my agency and the Packers. With that, I would love to be a lifelong Packer. That’s my take on that.”
“I’m really not looking at the market, I’m just focused on myself,” Jones said. “I feel like I can play at a really high level and elite level for a very long time, so I’m just going to do what I can and hopefully that leads to me being a Packer for life. That’s my goal.”
Jones, 25, should be able to cash in despite the fact that teams are now wary to pay running backs. It’s just a reality of the business. Jones posted a 4.6 yard per carry average while cashing in on a league high 19 touchdowns. It doesn’t hurt that Jones also notched 1,558 yards from scrimmage. Best of all, Jones has 450 career carries. He should have plenty of tread left on the tires.
I’m curious to see if Green Bay will pony up. They could also extend Jones and let Jamaal Williams walk who will also become a free agent after the season ends.