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Vikings Agree to Terms with Former Packers RB Aaron Jones


EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings are adding a former foe to their running backs room.

Minnesota has agreed to terms with free agent Aaron Jones, the team announced Tuesday, one day after the veteran's release by rival Green Bay.

Jones, 29, spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career with the Packers. He's now joined the other side of the Border Battle.

Last season, Jones started all 11 of the games he played for Green Bay. He totaled 142 carries for 656 yards and two rushing touchdowns, as well as 30 catches for 233 yards and a touchdown through the air.

In the Packers Divisional Round loss to the 49ers, Jones became the first player in franchise history to record five consecutive 100-yard rushing games, a streak that included 120 yards on 20 carries against Minnesota on Dec. 31.

Jones was originally a fifth-round selection by Green Bay in the 2017 NFL Draft. He has three 1,000-yard rushing seasons under his belt – including 2019, when he racked up 16 rushing touchdowns in addition to 1,084 yards. Jones also surpassed the 1K mark in 2020, after which he received his first career Pro Bowl nod, and in 2022.

Jones played 97 regular-season games for the Packers, making 85 starts. He totaled 1,177 carries for 5,540 yards (5.0 average) and 45 touchdowns. As a pass catcher, he added 272 catches for 2,076 yards and 18 touchdowns.

View photos of RB Aaron Jones who agreed to terms with the Vikings.

In 11 Border Battles played, Jones usually made a major impact in the outcomes of games. Green Bay went 6-3 in his nine starts and 5-0 when he rushed for at least 75 yards. Jones recorded four 100-yard games against Minnesota, the most against any opponent, and he toted a career rush average of 5.7 yards per carry in Border Battles.

Green Bay capitalized on Jones' ability to be a dual threat, going 44-17 (regular season and playoffs) when Jones recorded at least 15 scrimmage touches. The Packers record was 33-7 in games with at least 18 scrimmage touches.

He joins the Vikings in the wake of Minnesota releasing 2019 draft pick Alexander Mattison. Ty Chandler, Kene Nwangwu, Myles Gaskin and 2023 draft pick DeWayne McBride are the other running backs on the roster, along with fullback C.J. Ham, who was used as a third-down back in pass protection more in 2023.

Prior to his NFL career, Jones shined at UTEP, where his 4,760 career all-purpose yards and 136.0 per-game average both rank second all-time. He has three of the Miners 10 longest rushing plays, including the record 91-yarder against Texas Tech during an injury-shortened junior season. His 240 career points scored rank fourth all-time and second among non-kickers.

Jones was born in Savannah, Georgia, to Vurgess and Alvin Jones, Sr., both of whom were non-commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. The family thus moved around often, and lived in Germany, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Texas, where Jones attended Burges High School in El Paso.

Jones' father, whom he was incredibly close to, passed away in 2021 due to COVID-19.