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Aaron Jones (right) of the Packers

t has not been an easy year for Packers running back Aaron Jones. He has had some highlights, going back to his Week 1 performance against the Bears and, more recently, in his Week 16 showing against the Panthers, in which he tallied a season-high 127 yards.  But in between, he has struggled with a knee injury that has limited him to nine mostly ineffective games.

He opened the season as, arguably, the most important Packers player on offense. He will close it, though, as a serious question mark and, possibly, playing his final games in Green Bay. That’s the possibility raised by the NFL contract experts at Spotrac, who have Jones on the “roster bubble” for 2024.

As writer Mike Ginnitti put it, “A knee injury diverted an already low-producing 2023, putting Aaron Jones and his $17.7M cap hit on notice this winter. A Pre-June 1 release frees up $5.3M, while the Packers can open up $12M if they push this past June 1st.”

And on the Spotrac podcast, the prediction was even more ominous for Jones, as though the Packers have all but made the decision already

“Aaron Jones from Green Bay it does seem like that’s a foregone conclusion.”

Aaron Jones Acknowledged 2023 Struggles

That would be a sad outcome for a player who has been a star in Green Bay since his arrival as a fifth-round pick in 2017. Jones, among the fastest backs in the league, has three 1,000-yard seasons to his credit, including 1,121 yards last season. He was a Pro Bowler in 2020 and scored a league-high 16 touchdowns in 2019.

But Jones, as we have seen over and over in the NFL, turned 29 this year and his production has dropped off. He has 425 yards and two touchdowns to his credit this season. He is averaging 4.3 yards per carry, which is not bad, but the fewest of his career.

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