Aaron Jones Joins Vikings in High-Profile Move from Division Rival Packers

In a significant move that’s set to invigorate their backfield, the Minnesota Vikings have welcomed a fresh talent into their ranks. The team has successfully secured the services of the accomplished running back Aaron Jones, previously with the Green Bay Packers, as confirmed by CBS Sports’ lead NFL insider, Jonathan Jones. The deal, which spans one year, is valued at $7 million, according to ESPN. This development comes on the heels of the Packers’ decision to release Jones following their acquisition of Josh Jacobs in free agency.

Throughout his tenure with the Packers, Jones demonstrated remarkable prowess on the field, although the two parties could not reach a consensus during contract negotiations. With a looming $12 million price tag for 2024, Jones was navigating the final year of his contract. Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst expressed that parting ways with Jones, a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was among the most challenging decisions the team has had to make, as stated on the Packers’ official website.

Jones’ move to the Vikings marks a pivotal chapter in his career, especially following the team’s agreement with quarterback Sam Darnold, which came in the aftermath of Kirk Cousins’ transition to the Atlanta Falcons. The 2023 season saw Jones grappling with injuries, limiting his participation to 11 games. Despite these setbacks, he concluded the season with 142 rushes, amassing 656 yards and two touchdowns. Notably, Jones crossed the 100-yard mark in the season’s final five games, including two playoff appearances.

Leaving the Packers, Jones’ legacy includes ranking third in the team’s history for rushing yards at 5,940, fourth in rushing touchdowns with 45, and 19th in receptions, tallying up to 272. This transition not only marks a new beginning for Jones but also signifies the Vikings’ strategic move to bolster their offensive lineup, promising an exhilarating season ahead.