NFL free agency: Vikings signing Aaron Jones following Packers release

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed a one-year contract with Aaron Jones following the running back’s release by their divisional rivals the Green Bay Packers.

Jones was released by the Packers on Monday after seven seasons in Wisconsin, with Green Bay replacing the 29-year-old with former Las Vegas Raiders back Josh Jacobs.

Jones is third in the Packers’ all-time rushing charts, having racked up 5,940 yards in 97 regular-season appearances for the team.

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However, he was limited to just 11 regular-season outings during an injury-hit 2023 campaign, with his total of 656 yards on the ground his lowest since his rookie season in 2017 (488).

He did impress during the Packers’ surprise two-game postseason run, though, rushing for 226 yards and three touchdowns as the team went out to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round.

Jones’ agents confirmed the move to ESPN on Tuesday, with the former fifth-round draft pick reportedly set to earn $7million for 2024.

He will join a new-look offense amid a busy start to free agency for the Vikings, who are looking to rebuild after Kirk Cousins’ shock departure.

The Vikings also agreed a one-year contract with Sam Darnold on Tuesday after seeing Cousins sign with the Atlanta Falcons, while they are still expected to move for another quarterback in April’s draft.

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