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NFL free agency 2024: Packers releasing Aaron Jones after agreeing to terms with Josh Jacobs, per report

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The Green Bay Packers have turned their backfield on its head. Off the heels of agreeing to terms with former Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, the team is set to release veteran back Aaron Jones, according to NFL Media. On top of Jacobs’ arrival, this severing of ties with Jones comes after contract talks between him and the Packers broke down. Jones was entering the final year of his contract in 2024 and was due $12 million for this season. 

The 29-year-old had spent his entire career with the Packers. He was drafted by the club in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of UTEP and blossomed into one of the more versatile backs in the league. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2020 and was the co-leader for rushing touchdowns back in 2019. 

In 2023, Jones was hampered by injuries and limited to just 11 games. When he was on the field, however, he was extremely productive, rushing for over 100 yards in the final five games of Green Bay’s season including its two playoff games. In his seven years with the franchise, he topped 1,000 scrimmage yards four times and had three campaigns with double-digit touchdowns. 

Jones finishes his Packers career with the third-most rushing yards in team history with 5,940. His 45 rushing touchdowns rank fourth in franchise history and his 272 receptions ranked 19th. 

On top of Jones’ departure, Jacobs’ arrival also calls into question Green Bay’s eagerness to retain fellow running back A.J. Dillon, who is also currently a free agent. If Dillon also is playing elsewhere in 2024, that would mean 320 total carries from last season are now up for grabs with Jacobs likely set to inherit the lion’s share. 

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