NFL running back Aaron Jones, known for his impressive performances on the field, recently shed light on his decision to take a reduced salary for his contract extension with the Green Bay Packers.
Jones agreed to decrease his salary from $16 million to $11 million for the 2023 season, making the Packers fan sleep well at night as their favorite team retained a player holding the record of running for 1,000 yards in three of the past four years.
Aaron Jones shared an emotional reason behind accepting a salary cut from the Packers
The Packers RB Aaron Jones opened up to Cody Krupp of Fox 11 in Wisconsin citing the Packers team is like a home for him and the teammates are like his soul brothers as they possess an incredible bond.
“This is home for me. Those guys in the locker room, those are my brothers. The people upstairs, they believe in me, and they believed in me since I’ve gotten here”, he stated.
Jones also mentioned the salary as a pretty good payday and doesn’t bother it saying “pay cut” as $11 million is still the most he has ever made in one season.
“It just made sense, deal-wise. The market for running backs, there was a huge gap between $16 million and Christian McCaffrey, who’s at $12 [million in cash flow for 2023]. I wouldn’t say pay cut because I never made $11 million in my career, so this is still the most I’ve ever made, and it still has me as the second-highest paid for the backs, so it matched up with the market”, Aaron added.
The 28-year-old later remarked he didn’t want to be greedy and intended to help the team grab the players they need in the roster in exchange for freeing a little money from his salary.
“I didn’t want to be greedy.I’m a team player. I want to help the team and help them get as many guys in here as we can. So, if that means freeing up a little money, then I will”, the RB said.
Jones’ cash flow is now tied for the second-highest at his position with the Vikings’ Dalvin Cook and the Saints’ Alvin Kamara.
The 183 cm tall running back’s stats speak for himself, with a total of 1121 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, making him a valuable player for the Packers. Jones also shows his versatility as a receiver, with 59 receptions for 395 yards and 5 touchdowns. His longest reception of 30 yards demonstrates his speed and agility in 2022-23 NFL season.
Aaron’s emotional insight into his decision to take a reduced salary for his contract extension with the Packers touched the hearts of fans and further solidified his status as a beloved figure within the team. As the Packers prepare for the upcoming season, Jones’ commitment to the team and his selfless attitude are sure to inspire his teammates and fans alike.