Packers’ Jones increasing worth as he awaits contract extension

Packers’ Jones increasing worth as he awaits contract extension

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Jones’ bid for a new contract is paying early dividends for the Green Bay Packers. Jones had a career-high 168 yards rushing, a team-high 68 yards receiving and three touchdowns in a 42-21 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. He leads the NFL in rushing (234) and yards from scrimmage (312) heading into Monday night’s game between New Orleans and Las Vegas. This early-season surge comes with the fifth-round pick from UTEP in the final year of his contract. Jones was part of the 2017 draft class that included Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook and New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara among other notable running backs. Over the last two weeks, Cook and Kamara both got lucrative extensions. Kamara got a five-year deal worth $75 million, though that includes a large non-guaranteed payment which effectively limits the team’s obligation to $50 million from 2021 to 2024. Cook received a five-year, $63 million extension. “I think I’m close to the same caliber player as those guys,” Jones said after Sunday’s game. “I don’t know how the cap and all that works, but I do think I’m right there in the range of those guys.” The Packers (2-0) have plenty of difficult decisions to make regarding their list of key players whose contracts expire at the end of the season. Defensive tackle Kenny Clark already received a four-year, $70 million extension in training camp. Pro Bowl offensive tackle David Bakhtiari, center Corey Linsley, cornerback Kevin King, guard Lane Taylor ...
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