Earlier this season, Aaron Jones fired his agent and signed on with high-profile money-getter Drew Rosenhaus. To many Packers fans, this was a sign that Jones wanted to stay in Green Bay and Rosenhaus would get him there.
However, it was later reported that prior to hiring Rosenhaus, the Packers offered Jones a new contract that would have made him a top-five paid running back in the NFL. He turned it down. Reportedly, he was unhappy with the amount of guaranteed money. Whatever the case, Jones is a free agent and may or may not be back in the green and gold. Here, we present the top five landing spots for the Pro Bowl back.
The Worst Rushing Offense in 2020: The Steelers
It wasn’t too long ago that the Steelers had one of the best back fields in the NFL. La’Veon Bell and James Conner were both excellent ball carriers. Those days have since passed, however. Bell is on his second team since leaving the Steelers and Conner has missed time due to injury. In 2020, the Steelers were the worst rushing offense, averaging just 84.4 yards per game.
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Aaron Jones can be an immediate help to this poor rushing offense. This season, Jones rushed for 1,104 yards on 201 carries. This gave him an average of 5.5 yards per carry. In 14 games, Jones averaged 78.9 rushing yards per game. Adding Jones would do nothing but help this pass-heavy offense.
The Division Rival: The Lions
The Detroit Lions have Adrian Peterson, but he is not the same back he was a few years ago. When it comes down to it, the Lions need a lot of pieces. They traded away Matt Stafford for Jared Goff and some first round picks, which will help them as they rebuild (again).
For an immediate boost in the run game, Aaron Jones could be brought in. The Lions had the third-worst rushing offense in 2020, which may also be because they were playing from behind so much. Regardless, Jones knows the team and their division rivals. For a team looking to move up from the cellar, they could do worse than stealing the Packers’ RB1.
If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em: The Buccaneers
Aaron Jones coughed up two fumbles in the NFC title game against the Bucs and left early with a chest injury. Prior to leaving, Jones was averaging 4.5 yards per carry. For comparison, the Bucs’ RB1 Ronald Jones averaged 1.6 yards per carry.
Of course, the Bucs could stick with the Jones-Fournette tandem that got them to the Super Bowl. However, if they lose either one of them, Jones would be a more than suitable replacement.
Dark Horse Candidate: The Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons have surly had a fall from the upper levels of the NFL. Once a high-powered, unstoppable offense, they ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in total offense. Most notably, Todd Gurly did not make the step that they had hoped.
Aaron Jones could come in and immediately improve the running game. The Falcons still have a good quarterback in Matt Ryan. They still have elite receivers highlighted by Julio Jones. Adding Jones at running back will return balance to the offense and make them players in the NFC South.
He Could Stay Home: The Packers
Aaron Jones has already turned down a contract from the Packers, but that does not mean he is already out the door. The situation is complicated due to the Packers cap situation and the fact they have a good, young back in AJ Dillon.
However, Jones is not the only free agent running back who may leave Green Bay. Jamaal Williams, too, is a free agent, and the Packers likely will want one (or both) of them back. If the Packers do up their guaranteed offer to Jones, or if he does not get the offer he wants on the market, he may be back with the Packers.