Beyond Aaron Jones, tailbacks are taking what they can get on short-term deals

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Only one tailback has gotten a significant deal in free agency. For the rest, big money just isn’t there.

Beyond Packers running back Aaron Jones, who’ll make up to $14.75 million in 2021 on a year-at-a-time contract. No one else is getting close to $10 million in the first year of the deal.

Raiders running back Kenyan Drake: Two years, $11.5 million; $8.5 million fully guaranteed.

Seahawks running back Chris Carson: Two years, $10.425 million; $5.5 million fully guaranteed.

Lions running back Jamaal Williams: Two years, $6 million, $3.25 million fully guaranteed.

Giants running back Devontae Booker: Two years, $5.5 million; $2 million fully guaranteed.

Jaguars running back Carlos Hyde: Two years, $4.5 million; $1.4 million fully guaranteed.

Bengals running back Samaje Perine: Two years, $3.3 million; $700,000 fully guaranteed.

Texans running back Mark Ingram: One year, $2.5 million; $500,000 fully guaranteed.

Colts running back Marlon Mack: One year, $2 million; $1 million fully guaranteed.

Dolphins running back Malcolm Brown: One year, $1.75 million, $1.75 million fully guaranteed.

Bills running back Taiwan Jones: One year, $1.75 million, $700,000 fully guaranteed.

Washington running back Lamar Miller: One year, $1.212 million, $137,500 fully guaranteed.

Raiders running back Theo Riddick: One year, $1.175 million; $50,000 fully guaranteed.

For all deals other than Aaron Jones, the contract last a maximum of two years. This gives the players a chance to get back to the open market when there’s more cap space. Even then, big money simply isn’t there for most running backs.

30 responses to “Beyond Aaron Jones, tailbacks are taking what they can get on short-term deals

  1. The top 3 contracts are very decent $$. The bottom of the list are huge signings for the respective teams. Still; in the reduced Cap year, the money is better than expected, I’m sure.

  2. Unfortunately – other than the first two or three on the list the remainder are guys past their prime. And really Jones is just a one year deal with the typical poison pills near the end of the contract. Why do they do this anyway – pride or do the agents get some of the big bucks even if the player doesnt eventually get it? Never understood having those big amounts at the end of the contract.

  3. Jones is in a class of his own (actually he’s in company with Jim Brown and Gale Sayers for TDs and yards to stay a career. This article does Jones a disservice – the rest are just “guys”.

  4. Is there a plan, or something the player can learn, that enhances the chances of getting a big bucks second contract as an NFL running back? Should a player go to a passing college (and also learn how to pass block and to catch the ball out of the backfield) in hopes of reducing wear and tear, versus attending a running college and potentially getting pounded to a pulp for 3 or 4 years? Is there a running style that a runner can learn (in high school, college, or later) to reduce wear and tear? Or, except for the rare running backs, is survival as an NFL running back (and getting a big contract) sorta dependent on luck in avoiding repetitive or significant injuries?

  5. Well, if they’re smart with their money and live a moderate lifestyle, these actually are not bad paydays. They’ll never had to work again unless they want to … and they’re still gonna have happy lives. Just stay out of the damn massage parlors.

  6. The reason seems pretty simple — Jones is quite a bit better than those other guys. And yet he even basically got a 1 year deal.

  7. Couldn’t be happier with the signing. He is essential to the GB offense.In many ways the straw which stirs the drink. Aaron Rodger’s MVP season was in part Jones stressing the defenses. Quality, marvelous signing.

  8. soisaystotheguyi says:
    March 20, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Jones is in a class of his own (actually he’s in company with Jim Brown and Gale Sayers for TDs and yards to stay a career. This article does Jones a disservice – the rest are just “guys”.

    LOL – He’s a part time player whose YPC is high because he is too small to be a workhorse with 25+ carries a game.

  9. So, the Packers panicked and way overpaid for a RB in a year when nobody else is paying them big money. Got it.

  10. conormacleod says:
    March 20, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Look at the contract – lots of outs and kept him happy for this year.

  11. It’s hard to tell what to make of Jones. In all fairness, every time the Packers snap the ball the opposing team is worrying about Aaron Rogers slinging the ball. He doesn’t face 8 in the box like AP used to. Is Jones a great back or a good back in an ideal situation for a runner? I know what the Packers fans will say but I really don’t know. And don’t give me the crap about him catching the ball out of the backfield. Who do you think the defense is scheming for, Davonte Adam’s downfield or Jones out of the backfield? He is a good back for sure but the attention goes to the hall of fame QB and his downfield options.

  12. I think he’s a compliment to the overall effectiveness of a very good offense. The difference between making it to the SuperBowl and coming up short were his fumbles, identically given up. One enabled the LOAT with a walk-in TD. I’d love to see him earn my admiration again sometime this season. It’d be nice.

  13. zeek says:
    March 20, 2021 at 5:49 pm
    Is there a plan, or something the player can learn, that enhances the chances of getting a big bucks second contract as an NFL running back? Should a player go to a passing college (and also learn how to pass block and to catch the ball out of the backfield) in hopes of reducing wear and tear, versus attending a running college and potentially getting pounded to a pulp for 3 or 4 years? Is there a running style that a runner can learn (in high school, college, or later) to reduce wear and tear? Or, except for the rare running backs, is survival as an NFL running back (and getting a big contract) sorta dependent on luck in avoiding repetitive or significant injuries?

    Attend either Emmitt Smith or Frank Gore College.

  14. How cute the cheese eaters think jones is special. Well the packers did pay him like he is special. doh!

  15. Aaron Jones is a terrific running back and worthy of a great contract, but the difference in actual dollars is pretty striking.

  16. Another year in the same very good system will be good for him and the Packers.

  17. Samaje Perine is and always has been subject to being under used and appreciated since turning pro. Egos have stifled his ascension to greatness. He is to soft spoken and respectful of others. A good team would pay him and work the hell out of him. They would be rewarded 😇
    Otherwise, he’ll remain the essential barely seem team player he has always been.

  18. canadapackers says:
    March 20, 2021 at 8:34 pm
    conormacleod says:
    March 20, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Look at the contract – lots of outs and kept him happy for this year.
    ///////
    Yes, the Packers have outs if he stinks. But, all he has to do is remain on the roster and he is paid $14 mil a year. It isn’t like this is a true 1 year contract or anything. You either cut him, or pay huge. There is no in-between.

  19. Dalvin Cook has just 4 career carries of 40+ yards (769 attempts).

    Aaron Jones had 4 carries of 40+ yards ….. last season (201 carries).

  20. conormacleod says:
    March 21, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    It isn’t like this is a true 1 year contract or anything. You either cut him, or pay huge.

    +++++

    You are right. It’s a true 2 year contract.

    And then they renegotiate or Green Bay cuts him and eats $6.5M in dead cap, having spent $20 million over two seasons. $10 million per. Any speculation otherwise is pure blather.

  21. Edie Goldman, Ackiem Hicks, Antoine Winfield, Desmond Truefant , Trey Flowere, Aaron Donald. These are the defensive players who did not play against packers because of injuries this year. Next year both Aaron’s are going to have little different season 😄
    Also ass Nock Bosa, Dee Ford, Richard Sherman to those who did not play

  22. Sometimes the one simple, single missing piece costs a little bit more than you want to pay. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

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