Aaron Jones joins Vikings after being released by Packers

Aaron Jones is expected to sign a one-year, $7 million deal with the rival Minnesota Vikings a day after being released by the Green Bay Packers, his agents told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Jones spent seven seasons with Green Bay and ranks third all-time among the franchise's leading rushers. He was released Monday to make room for Josh Jacobs, who reached a four-year, $48 million contract with the Packers.

Jones, 29, will join a revamped Vikings offense that will seek to replace quarterback Kirk Cousins, who agreed to sign a four-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday out of Minnesota.

Minnesota also agreed to a one-year deal with quarterback Sam Darnold, sources told ESPN earlier Tuesday.

The Vikings are looking to add to their running back room after releasing Alexander Mattison last week. Minnesota's running back corps is currently led by Ty Chandler, who showed promise last season with 327 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in the Vikings' final four games.

Despite his struggles with injuries last season, Jones could provide an upgrade for Minnesota after rushing for 226 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay's surprising two-game postseason run.

Jones is coming off his least productive season (142 carries, 656 yards, 2 touchdowns) since his rookie year in 2017. Jones, a 2020 Pro Bowler, averaged 5.0 yards per carry, 5,940 yards and a run over 97 career games. 63 total touchdowns (45 rushing, 18 receiving). He also caught 272 passes for 2,076 yards.

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