GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) — Get ready for four more years of Aaron Jones in Green Bay.
The Packers and their star running back have agreed to a four-year contract worth $48 million, according to multiple reports and first reported by ESPN.
Aaron Jones has reached agreement with the Packers on a 4-year deal worth $48 million, including a $13 million signing bonus, @DrewJRosenhaus tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2021
ESPN reports Jones could have signed for more in free agency, but wanted to stay in Green Bay.
Jones was set to become a free agent and would have been able to negotiate with other teams starting Monday. Some thought he could command around $15 million per year on the open market, but he presumably took a hometown discount to stay with the Packers for $12 million per season.
Other top running backs have signed longer and richer contracts in recent years. Last offseason, Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey signed a four-year, $64 million extension. Just before the start of last season, Saints RB Alvin Kamara signed a five-year contract worth $75 million and Vikings RB Dalvin Cook agreed to a 5-year, $63 million dollar deal to remain in Minnesota.
In a video posted on Instagram, Jones said he has "unfinished business" in Green Bay. The 26-year-old has been a major part of the last two Packers teams that made runs to the NFC Championship but fell short of the Super Bowl each time.