Packers expect Aaron Jones to return in 2023

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Packers running back Aaron Jones is currently slated to have a salary cap hit of more than $20 million in 2023, making him by far the league’s most expensive player at his position next season. But that doesn’t mean he’s on the way out.

Green Bay General Manager Brian Gutekunst said today that there’s no doubt in his mind that Jones will remain on the roster.

“Certainly, we expect to have him back,” Gutekunst said.

Gutekunst also noted, however, that the Packers have several contracts they may restructure this offseason. Jones’ contract would seem almost certain to be one of them. Jones has a $7.4 million roster bonus due in March and a base salary of $8.1 million, and converting some of that into a signing bonus that can be prorated over the length of his deal would be one way to get some salary cap relief.

But whatever they need to do, Gutekunst sounds like he’s ready to do it.

19 responses to “Packers expect Aaron Jones to return in 2023

  1. Pretty much a no brainer, still a dynamic player with plenty left in the tank. I suspect his and OL Bak’s contracts will be restructured to stay a couple more years. Resign Nixon; beyond that, lots of changes coming to the Packers in the off-season.

  2. there are hetter backs in the draft that are cheaper then this guy. jaire is the highest paid back, rogers qb, bahktiri o line. you cant do that and field a ream unless you hve a team of 5,6,7th rounders suiting up. oh thats right they do. team of bums

  3. A talent who actually isnt utilized enough on the ground. With an aging QB they need to pound the ball more with Jones and Dillon but its all about the QB, who made alot of money for Vegas against Detroit.

  4. Salary cap goes up roughly $20 mil for every team this coming season. And it’ll go up quite a bit for the 2024 season too. These new TV contracts are rich,… really rich.

  5. Viking fans talking about Jones when Cook has lost 4 balls to Jones’ 3. And Jones averaged more than 5 ypc vs Cook at 4.4. Typical…even when they talk smack they have a negative point differential.

  6. This guy loses fumbles in must-win games. They should’ve kept Jamaal Williams. I think Rodgers preferred Jones. That’s another reason to not let Rodgers stick his nose into the front office.

  7. Only 4 running backs in history have a higher yards per carry than Aaron Jones.
    If you are going to pay a player top dollar, it’s good if they excel at what they do.

  8. Yes, there are backs in the draft that have physical characteristics equal or better than Jones’s, but do they have his vision to find creases and exploit them, and his receiving ability? That’s the key to Jones. Jamal Williams is doing great now, but formerly when Jones was in the game, the defense had to bring a safety up toward the line of scrimmage, whereas when they replaced him with Williams, both safeties played back, limiting the passing game.

  9. pittsburghdamned says:
    January 13, 2023 at 4:41 pm
    Will he be immunized?

    Apparently anybody who says they are, is. All you have to do is say so.

  10. As an opposing fan, Jones has always scared me twice as much as Dillon. If they are picking and choosing between the two for cap purposes, he should be the choice. The only negative is the same fumblitis the Viking’s Cook has.

  11. chickensalad43 says:
    January 13, 2023 at 4:34 pm
    Look at what Jamaal Williams is making in Detroit. Ouch.


    Yeah, but if they had kept Jamaal, they would have had to pay him what they paid Aaron Jones. They couldn’t keep both, especially with AJ Dillon still being cheap.

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