Aaron Jones is Back with the Packers!

Aaron Jones is returning as a member of the Green Bay Packers

What seemed like the impossible has happened. The Packers have managed to keep Aaron Jones in the fold.

For weeks, I've been railing against the "you don't pay running backs" theory. I don't care. For me, it's the big play ability (runs of 77, 75, 77, 46, 59, and 60 yds this year ) and what's it's meant for the Packers' offense when he rips one off. I wanted him back and let Russ Ball figure out how to do it.

Let's Gooooooooooooooooooo!

 

 

UPDATE:

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jh9's picture

March 14, 2021 at 03:34 pm

Good news!

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NoNonsense's picture

March 15, 2021 at 01:25 am

I know with the tight cap situation and the worry that RBs rarely live up to big second contracts one sentence in an article I just read sums up the reason for keeping him around.

"Jones, 26, is one of only two players in NFL history to post 3,000-plus yards rushing (3,364) and 35-plus rushing touchdowns (37), with an average of 5-plus yards per carry (5.2) in their first four seasons. Jim Brown is the other."

That's some elite company I must say and he was just a 5th round pick. Throw in his recieving numbers, you can see why they wanted to keep him around.

Another reason to be optimistic that he can continue to be great is the fact that he had much less of a workload than many RBs who received big second contracts.

I hear his deal is more like a $9.5 million avg. with incentives that can push it to $12 million a year. With a smallish $13 million dollar signing bonus, the structure of the contract seems to give the packers a relatively cheap out after 2 seasons, should he not live up to the deal he signed.

Now let's see Gutey go and sign either Kenny Golladay or Will Fuller or possibly a nice defensive addition, or both. Let's goooo, all in 2021-22.

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packer132's picture

March 14, 2021 at 03:39 pm

Good news, and I admit that I was wrong. I didn't think he would sign with Packers after they did not tag him, and looking forward to this week with more restructures and free agency. Then the draft, and getting ready for a good year.

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Minniman's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:36 pm

Jones has elevated even higher in my estimation - as he’s acknowledged that he’s a glove fit for MLF’s scheme and that he may have got more money elsewhere, he also runs the risk of being played incorrectly to his strengths... and detrimentally to his career, potential future earnings and accolades... or worse, health.

Smart move Aaron Jones, smart move.

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tm_inter's picture

March 14, 2021 at 08:31 pm

Signing Jones tells me that the Packers are all-in at another Super Bowl try. Go Pack Go!

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

March 14, 2021 at 09:33 pm

@Packer132: The fact that the Packers did NOT tag Jones is actually a fact that Jones would consider in the Packers favor, not the other way around.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 14, 2021 at 03:50 pm

Adam Shefter reports 4 years, $48M, with a $13M signing bonus. The minimum base for him is $990K and the signing bonus proration would be $3.25M, or a total of $4.24M. They probably used a workout bonus and a game active bonus.

I'd guess his 2021 cap number will be about $5.25M, but no numbers are out yet. I will update the Packer Tracker when the cap numbers are known. It probably puts GB over the cap by $6.52M, unless the team waits to forward the contract to the NFL.

Green Bay fans get to see Thunder and Lightening. I, for one, can't wait!

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Oppy's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:00 pm

Jones + Dillon will be a great tandem.

I would love to see Williams get resigned as well, but I know that's a pipe dream. He's going to most likely get a shot at as a featured back somewhere in the league.

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HankScorpio's picture

March 15, 2021 at 04:31 pm

Jamal Williams just gave a pretty classy good bye to Green Bay on social media. I hope he gets a nice payday on the open market,. He deserves it. The guy was an under-rated gem last year, IMO.

Not to mention the nice payday would stand to benefit the Packers in comp picks

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JerseyAl's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:03 pm

James, the tracker need's Turner's numbers as well. I'm not sure if they've been reported, been busy editing the draft guide.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 14, 2021 at 07:01 pm

No numbers yet for Turner.

I've been keeping an eye on that, which is why your article on Aaron Jones beat the unpublished article I put in the queue.

I have to laugh: my article calculated Jones' minimum cap number, likely W/O and GA bonus, to reach a guess as to his cap number. LTBE incentives could push it higher. Blah, blah. Jersey Al's article has the tweet with some numbers and then is all about Jones on the field. LOL.

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Fabio's picture

March 14, 2021 at 03:45 pm

I think this is another example that Green Bay spends in non-decisive positions ..... I love the player, but it's not worth all that money .....
Once again we bet everything and only on offense.
I remain pessimistic about the CB ILB update help to Clark ...
"Attackers sell tickets, defenses win championships"
Greetings from Italy
GPG

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Swisch's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:57 pm

I've been pretty much of the same mind as you that it would be better to not re-sign Aaron Jones, Fabio, but now that it's done, I'm excited about having him back.
It's a risk, and I'm still not sure about it, but I would guess this sends a surge of excitement among the players and to the fans that Green Bay is gearing up for the Super Bowl next season in an even bigger way than expected -- in a huge way.
All things being about equal, I like signing our own guys over outside players, and keeping the continuity of the team with familiar faces as much as possible -- another good thing for both players and fans.
Also, Jones is still fairly young for a running back, and seems to have the self-discipline to keep himself in great shape going forward. The price seems fair at its base, and contracts with incentives seem to be win-win. We'll see about the guaranteed money.
As noted by Jersey Al -- Jones does have that ability for the big play that is hard to replace, and he does it with both handoffs and receptions.
The pairing of Jones with A. J. Dillon appears to be an exciting and formidable combination, and the sharing of the chores could keep Jones at or near his best for the next few years.
At this point, I have a good measure of trust in Gute overall as GM, including his ability to make the salary numbers work for the good of the whole team.
Everything is a risk. On further review personally, perhaps somewhat irrationally, this seems a good one.
Actually, I'm pumped!

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Fabio's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:09 pm

Hi Swisch
I am also very happy for Jones' return also because he has shown that he cares a lot for the Packers team and at Green Bay and this, besides being very nice, is not for everyone.
So I will be happy to see him in green and gold again and I will definitely be his first fan.
But I think that all seasons are different from the others
This in particular finds us forced to act with money problems and very high expectations
So (for the good of the team) I would have preferred that the money had been invested for one of those needs that I believe are now known to all.
But my faith in the Green Bay Packers remains timeless.
So GPG
Greetings from Italy

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Minniman's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:46 pm

I think the salient point here that you acknowledged Swisch is Jones’ legitimate dual threat capabilities - and not just as a check down option (where other backs ‘receiving’ talents peak).

He’s a risk that had to be taken. SB or bust I guess!

Another upside, there’s one less draft day position that needs to be met. This opens the draft board up more for GB.

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Swisch's picture

March 14, 2021 at 07:51 pm

Perhaps it opens the draft board up more for the Packers to take two or three of our picks to trade up into the top ten in the draft -- especially if we think there's a star to be had at cornerback, defensive lineman, offensive lineman, or inside linebacker.
I'd want a guy who could start, or at least contribute significantly, as a rookie.
It seems we could make that move up for quality and still have enough picks left for plenty of quantity.

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Pizzadoc's picture

March 15, 2021 at 01:55 am

Dream Weaver.... but that would be fun. In Gute I cautiously trust!

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2021 at 09:10 am

I’d prefer more depth and development talent to refill pipelines than the cost of moving up 20 places—which would be exorbitant. We have needs at CB (multiple), OL, DL, ILB and we need to restock potential at WR, CB and I’d like to see someone to challenge in the return game/option role as well as perhaps an ST pick. We still need a 3rd RB candidate too to compete with holdovers.

I can see us moving around in the draft but I think we need to acquire potential and depth behind main needs and I see that objective as important.

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davekenya's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:29 pm

Too pricey given Jaire and Adams seem more critical to resign before becoming 2022 UFAs. If AR is not extended before next year...does that mean 2021 is his end with GB now due to cap issues?

AJ is great - no doubt - but could be replaced at lesser cost with a different RB (RBs less risky to replace) and allowing GB to extend more critical players at more challenging positions to fill.

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Fabio's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:36 pm

Fully agree. you deserve a thumbs up

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frankthefork's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:39 pm

Worth repeating,
Glad to have him, but at over 11 mil...ouch that's too much for an RB below D Cook's talent!
Happy to have AJ back instead of drafting one in the 3rd or 4th on May 1st and hoping it works out.  Now lock up Tonyan and this offensive unit looks solid.  Patrick or Hanson as Center, Runyan and Jenkins as Guards and Turner, Bak (Jenkins) and a new OT.   Adds at WR, DT, NT CB S OLB ILB in May. Come on AR 12, a little help please?

Why the negs? Happy that AJ33 is here. But this is a team sport, why not spread the wealth? At 13 mil guaranteed its a deal for GBP and FO! Yes AJ is below Cook; just 1 or 2 spots below! SMH (even I can pay BT85 out of my pocket).

Look - Amos, the Smiths, Bak, Turner, and even Funchess are willing to help get another peek at a Championship...just saying where's AR12 and the rest?

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mrtundra's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:43 pm

Below Dalvin Cook's talent???? Are you freaking kidding me?

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:20 pm

I rate Jones below Dalvin Cook and Kamara. It is not an unreasonable opinion.

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PeteK's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:45 pm

and McCaffrey. However, I would rank Jones above Henry because the latter is a one dimensional back.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 14, 2021 at 07:07 pm

If so, since Henry gets $12.5M, Jones at $12M or so is fine. But I have Henry above Jones, and by a considerable amount, something like $3M per year. Thinking $9.5M is reasonable for Jones and $12M is a lot.

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Swisch's picture

March 14, 2021 at 07:44 pm

If the base salary for Aaron Jones is about $9.5 million per year, that seems a fair price for both him and the team.
I'm guessing if Jones gets up to about $12 because of incentives, it means he played well enough for us to consider that added amount well-earned and well-spent.
A good way to look at it may be what one thinks Jones is worth f he plays about the same as last season -- factoring in not only his carries from scrimmage, but that he is at least somewhat comparable to a good slot receiver who is reliable in catching short passes for first downs, plus a dangerous threat to occasionally take a short pass for a long distance.
I don't know, though. Glad for other thoughts.
P.S. I'm glad we didn't spend what would seem to be similar money on Will Fuller.

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2021 at 09:26 am

I’d agree as a pure traditional RB. Jones isn’t that (Dillon is more of a candidate) but he is a very valuable weapon in this O. Wasn’t looking for this, but I see the potential and thus the rationale.

It’s difficult to judge this until numbers for Jones and others give us the big picture, but doing so premised on Jones being a prototypical bell cow misses the point. Were he that, I’d think this was a poor decision. Jones is being retained because he is a game changer not a back to carry the brunt of the offense. The Tennessee game illustrated the difference. Dillon is your Henry comparative and pretender. Jones is an X factor player that defenses can’t ignore.

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PackfanNY's picture

March 14, 2021 at 03:50 pm

Good news. I thought for sure he was gone given the cap situation. Nice work by Gute and Russ Ball. Still have lots of questions about other positions but today is a day to be happy. Aaron is one of our own. Good to have him home.

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Swisch's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:11 pm

"Aaron is one of our own. Good to have him home" -- well said, and perhaps the tipping factor in favor of taking a risk to bring him back.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:05 pm

Tom Silverstein is reporting that the Packers plan to extend the contract of Zadarius Smith in the next few days, which should help pay for Jones.

The Smith extension might free up more than one expects. We shall see.

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LeotisHarris's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:40 pm

TGR, do you recall if this is about the same money Jones was rumored to have turned down when he switched agents?

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Stroh's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:29 pm

We don't know what numbers he was offered w/ his previous agent. The only numbers we know of were w/ Rosenhuas as his agent and were an average of 9M per and a low amount in guaranteed money. His guaranteed money is still relatively low, but the avv yearly is signficantly higher. A likely trade off. Apparently Jones wanted badly to stay in GB and the Packers badly wanted him back.

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Pizzadoc's picture

March 15, 2021 at 12:16 pm

I read somewhere on CHTV that it was 9 mil per year.

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HankScorpio's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:07 pm

Truly happy for Aaron Jones, the person, as much as I am happy he's still a Packer. By all accounts, he's as good or better at being a human being as he is at running a football.

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porupack's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:14 pm

Wow. Ok. Russ Ball has managed to keep as few holes as possible in the roster by this signing and like it or not, with PSmith signing. So now the draft can focus on the remaining holes: CB, ILB and DT. Then WR or OT as opportunity presents.

I see both sides of this, and the 'don't-pay-running-backs' argument. But I'm pleased with this signing. Draft and Develop lives on in Green Bay. Now FIND A WAY TO KEEP the BEST CENTER in the NFL, so you keep the OLine continuity!!

For all the folks who think that the GBP window of opportunity is nigh coming to a close with Aaron Rodgers, then this is a good signing. It took 3 years for Aaron Jones to break out. Without him, there would be a drop off in 2021 and well, just one more year of maybe not having the roster to get to the final game.

Its more than just plug and play some new running back and trying to replace 2020 production. How many years had GB been trying to get a top threat RB? Even more, it is about maintaining a dangerous trifecta of AR, AJ and DAdams, so the potent threat of Jones really helps Davante, and vice versa. The offense without Jones would most likely be watered down. So GBP can go into the season with a very high degree of confidence and familiarity, and that gives the play caller a lot of advantage in developing the schemes further. AJ was a great team-first guy, so I'm glad that the team did him right.

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Tedlyflyfisher's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:14 pm

Yippy skippy!

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jhtobias's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:15 pm

Most people on this site are clueless like usual.. Jones gave the packers a huge discount only 13 million guaranteed my gosh .. the annual salary doesnt matter it is the guaranteed dollars that due .. He easily could have destroyed this offer in Free Agency .. Only person angry is his agent and the old men on this site yelling "GET OFF MY LAWN".

Kudos to Gutey and Ball holding thier line ande congrats to Aaron jones making life changing money

And congratulations to the commentors on this site for showing how dumb they always are !

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fastmoving's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:39 pm

Just right, there are some Q neandertalers crowd here, dumber than hell. But most are pretty good Packer People.
Yeah, Kudos to Ball, Gute and Jones. A win for all situation.

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Fabio's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:53 pm

I am extremely happy for Jones. Cerdo deserves to monetize everything he has done so far and he deserves it. They also say he's a great person and great for the locker room.
But despite all this I believe that the Packers invest money in a very dangerous role which almost no other team does considering the age of the player.
Great respect for Jones, but I think the real needs of the team are different ..... and this does not mean that I have a low IQ.
Greetings from Italy
GPG

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Nate-1980's picture

March 16, 2021 at 01:21 pm

The irony of fast moving , calls others dumb and can’t spell, what by chance is a “neandertalers”? Learn English dummy, then try to call other people dumb, wow..

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LeotisHarris's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:53 pm

jhtobias has just dropped in to call people stupid. "...the annual salary doesnt matter it is the guaranteed dollars that due.."

Priceless. Do do do do da da da da, such an adorable little troll.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 14, 2021 at 07:57 pm

Yeah, I’m with you, Leotis. You shouldn’t have to insult people who have different beliefs

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2021 at 09:16 am

A finger to whoever downvoted that sentiment.

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2021 at 09:17 am

Duplicate deleted

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PeteK's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:00 pm

Oh Toby , you're so smart. TOOT, have fun cleaning the old man poop off your lawn.

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Swisch's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:19 pm

Actually, it seems the comments to this point in the thread, from top to bottom, seem to recognize the risk of signing Jones while at the same time being glad for the move to re-sign him, if not celebrating it.

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JerseyAl's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:59 pm

The only dumb posts in here are from trolls who can't do anything more creative than pop in and call others stupid. Congrats, you win.

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daddioaz's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:38 pm

Self included?

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murf7777's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:19 pm

This is an “all in” type of move. This offense with Dillon and Jones will be dynamic. I see an OT and a lot of defensive players drafted. GPG let’s get in the SB!!

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Stroh's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:30 pm

Undoubtedly and all in type move. How long will the window stay open? I see 2 years, possibly 3. Depends on Rodgers and Love to see how long it lasts.

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egbertsouse's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:21 pm

Dumb. Does the Gute have any plan at all? First, we draft a edge player at No. 12 to sit him on the bench for an overpaid underachiever and then we restructure the underachiever to make sure our high draft pick continues to ride the pine. Next, we draft a QB in the first and put him street clothes behind our MVP QB for about 4 years. (Look for a big extension for AR in the near future to coumpound the mistake.). Finally, we draft a power runner and a blocking H- back to transition to a power run game but then bust the bank for an undersized, often injured RB for the next 4 years. What’s it going to be Gute. The power running Ravens or Mike McMuffin’s pass happy Cowboys?

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fastmoving's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:54 pm

How does it go in Neandertal? Maybe you can start watching some football games the upcoming season, guess you have a lot of time left.

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Nate-1980's picture

March 16, 2021 at 01:34 pm

I agree it seems like every move he makes contradicts the next, but I’m glad Jones is back, I think this offense would’ve suffered without him, he’s that good of a threat..

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Stroh's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:22 pm

Happy Jones will be back, but the cost is much to steep for my blood (and it seems a few others). It will be great having Dillon and Jones together to make the Packers run game a bigger threat. Judging by the numbers it has to be assumed that the 1st and likely 2nd yr contract numbers will be greatly reduced. That makes it fairly likely Jones could become a cap casualty in yrs 3 and 4, even w/ the new TV contract. The window of Rodgers, Adams Jones and Dillon is open for 2 yrs, then it'll largely depend on if Rodgers makes to year 3. The Packers probably have an out in years 2 or 3.

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JohnnyLogan's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:23 pm

Great news! I thought it was too much to pay a RB over $11 million and wrote that we should move on, but now that he's back in the fold I'm ecstatic. Great back, great teammate, should make Rodgers happy, not a huge cap hit this year so we can likely still sign another FA, either DL or CB. Great offense remains intact. All good.

Rodgers and Z. Smith will be restructured, Davante gets a new deal, lowering this year's cap hit even more so this likely doesn't negate one or two additional strategic additions.

I do think it might end the Will Fuller speculation though. I don't believe they'll sign a FA WR. The strategy I would think more likely is to draft a WR in the 1st or 2nd (depending on who they sign in FA) and another WR later in the draft. Have to have some depth since EQ and MVS are on their last year. The addition of Funchess probably reinforces that.

But then I've wrong on practically everything so far; thought they'd drop P. Smith, let A. Jones go, and call me for a tryout at kick returner. None of those things happened, so expect Fuller to be a Packer.

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2021 at 09:14 am

If it ends the Fuller fantasy it’s a hidden bonus. Now we need a credible solution at CB. The only way this is a bad idea in the short term is if we fail to have resources to resolve the CB 2 issue this year.

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fastmoving's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:42 pm

Great work by Gute. Money well and wise spend. Not too much at all. AJ is a huge part of our O.......

And Jones even gave a discount. Thats what Lombardi means with Packer People.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:30 pm

I’m glad he’s coming back, but I would not have resigned him to a second contract.

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murf7777's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:30 pm

I agree LH would of liked the money used for the D. But, it seems to be a very favorable contract and it should keep out O in the top 5 regardless of any WR signing. I hope he stays healthy over the next couple of years. I think Dillon will share carries and keep the wear off of Jones.

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stockholder's picture

March 14, 2021 at 08:48 pm

They should have extended him before signing Kirksey, Wagner, and drafting Love.

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PeteK's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:43 pm

Wow, that's a great deal for us ! Perhaps interest was tepid and he decided to stay with a wining combo. I just hope we can make enough cap space to sign a free agent DT or CB.

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MarkinMadison's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:43 pm

I think some folks need to take a deep breath about the contract until it is fully analyzed. At the end of the day, either the offers were not as big as Jones was expecting (which, given that he hired Rosenhaus, I'm kind of thinking is true), or else he gave the Packers a pretty big discount. I don't know how they are going to make the money work, but I just hope it works out. Go Pack go!

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fastmoving's picture

March 14, 2021 at 04:50 pm

He gave a discount, easy to see. If we keep winning he will be one of the biggest reasons for it.

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TarynsEyes's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:07 pm

Would like to know how many teams and the offers he received to make such a quick sign after not being Tagged?

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Fabio's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:12 pm

Some doubts came to me too .....

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Packers0808's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:04 pm

Who really cares?

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TarynsEyes's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:33 pm

It's good to know what others thought of his value. It appears they didn't agree or see it Rosenhaus' or Jones way.

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Oppy's picture

March 14, 2021 at 09:21 pm

Read my other comment, it appears you have miscalculated the rules surrounding free agency.

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Packerpasty's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:22 pm

seeing as who his agent is and just reading various websites on who had their eyes on him, why can't it just be that he gave a hometown discount and enjoys playing here?? Gotta be suspicious of everything?? Don't matter, he's staying..

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flackcatcher's picture

March 14, 2021 at 08:08 pm

No, it's a good question. None of us what's 'value' in the free agent market this year.

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Oppy's picture

March 14, 2021 at 09:22 pm

NFL teams are not allowed to negotiate with upcoming Unrestricted Free Agents until 48 hours before the start of free agency, which is March 17th.

In other words, your speculation is moot. This isn't about Jones not getting better offers, this is about Jones wanting to stay a Packer and finding middle ground with the organization to achieve that.

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2021 at 09:34 am

I doubt the discount was vast if at all, but remember that the difference in the last year seems to have been guarantees.

I don’t honestly care about the history. I see the reason for the interest on both sides. I personally wasn’t calling for this based on resources, but judging the move without full details of Jones’ contract or of other contract moves seems impossible as we don’t have either detail or wider context.

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JohnnyLogan's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:18 pm

Don't care if he had offers from every team or just the Packers, the question is it good for the Pack? Gute must think it is and that he can still plug other holes. A one-two punch of Jones and Dillon is solid, and if Jones is hurt you have a great replacement. The Packers with Rodgers are an offensive-minded team. A vital position on offense is now solidified.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:29 pm

NEWS FLASH:

Per Matt Lombardo, his NFL sources indicate that "I’m told the #Packers’ deal with Aaron Jones is actually closer to $9.5M APY with incentives that can push it to $12M."

I am not at all sure Jones gave GB the hometown discount at $12M AAV. Depends on how easy the incentives are to reach.

Leotis: there were reports that the Packers offered $9M AAV and others that indicated they offered "top 5 RB money" (which would be $12M) when Jones was with his first agent. We have to wait to see what the numbers really are for Jones. Was the first agent overvaluing Jones? the next agent is Rosenhaus. Wait for the numbers.

https://twitter.com/mattlombardonfl/status/1371204775031738377?s=21

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frankthefork's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:59 pm

Great deal indeed. Thx TGR

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LeotisHarris's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:57 pm

Thanks for your reply, TGR. I remember the "top 5 RB money" statement now. The last 12 months are a little fuzzy in my memory.

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4thand1's picture

March 14, 2021 at 05:37 pm

Yes, he deserves every penny!

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joepacker's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:02 pm

YES! This is very uplifting. Thunder and Lightning indeed.

Aaron Jones is more than a running back. He is a star of our team. And Russ Ball is the star of our off-season.

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Gman1976's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:08 pm

So glad to hear. I thought we had lost this Game Changer when we didn’t tag him. Just read on Twitter that his agent said that Jones wanted to be a Packer and that they expected much higher offers. It looks like we are going to have another incredible year! Go Pack!

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PAPackerbacker's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:11 pm

Glad Aaron Jones is back in Green Bay!! He has proven his worth many times over and earned the respect of his teammates, the coaches, and the rest of the NFL. The Packers are better off with him than without him. Looking forward to watching him be a dominant force in this explosive offense of the Packers.

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TarynsEyes's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:31 pm

PFT has it that Rosenhaus anticipated bigger offers. I guess they wasn't much interest at his price.

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Oppy's picture

March 14, 2021 at 09:34 pm

Not sure how many times you're going to repeat the same speculative comment in different words, but I'll be happy to keep replying the same way- NFL teams aren't allowed to negotiate with pending UFA's until the 48 hours before the official start of free agency, which is March 17th in 2021.

So, per NFL rules.. No outside teams were making offers to Aaron Jones at this point. They aren't able to talk business with pending unrestricted free agents until 4pm Eastern time Monday the 15th.

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TarynsEyes's picture

March 14, 2021 at 11:33 pm

Sure they don't. Sure they follow all the rules. What ever you say.

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Oppy's picture

March 14, 2021 at 11:42 pm

I knew you'd respond with this. LOL.

Take the L. You didn't realize the free agency period hadn't even started yet.

It doesn't always have to be pessimistic doom and gloom. Sometimes, people actually choose a comfortable fit over money.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 15, 2021 at 01:27 am

The combine has long been rumored to be when tampering starts. Lots of agents there and lots of GM and scouts. The rules make it risky, and there is no way for me to know the extent, if any, or specificity of any comments made by a GB scout to a media member (or directly to a sports agent) at bar around midnight. What's that you say, Rosenhaus is buying top shelf? Nah, he is buying stuff they keep in the back.

I guess I am just a cynical person.

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Oppy's picture

March 14, 2021 at 09:31 pm

Also to clarify.. Rosenhaus saying they were anticipating bigger offers from the market but Jones wanted to stay in Green Bay isn't an indictment of Jones' potential worth on the open market, but rather, Rosenhaus indicating it was Jones who wanted the deal done at this price point, not necessarily him (Drew).

Also.. read all my other responses, which make your speculation null and void.

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marpag1's picture

March 15, 2021 at 01:42 am

Or, it could be Rosenhaus talking straight out of his butt in an attempt to make it appear as if he could have brokered a much bigger payday.

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Since'61's picture

March 15, 2021 at 08:29 am

That is the mostly scenario. He needs to save face for his other clients who are hoping their big paydays as well.
Thanks, Since '61

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2021 at 09:40 am

I doubt Rosenhaus is too worried, his reputation is pretty established. I think he’s done this before with the Packers with no tag if memory serves. Overall, who cares about that fluff? The question is did the team get value?

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Oppy's picture

March 15, 2021 at 06:23 pm

I have no doubts that Drew is reminding his other clients he's all about the big payday.

But there's zero reason to sign with the Packers before FA starts for Drew Rosenhaus. FA invites competitive bidding for services. Drew works on a percentage of the take. He wanted Jones to go into FA.

The most likely scenario is that Jones did tell Drew, "Get the deal in GB done."

Side circumstantial evidence: That diamond crusted "G" Jones has been showing off after every TD. The man wanted to stay in GB. I'm sure Drew would have liked to get more money from the Packers, and he definitely wanted to get a bidding war in FA.. Probably the only scenario where I'd take DR's word at face value, him telling the media that AJ wanted to stay in GB.

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canadapacker's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:32 pm

I must admit that I didnt think that Jones would be back. Most of that was because of the types of people that Drew R represented and his particular attitude. But maybe that was just TO and others. Now whether or not we overpaid will always be a discussion. People complain when guys take the money and leave and GM's dont try and resign. But that is the cap - and when a team is successful players get valued higher. People complain when a team doesnt try to resign their own. Remember when TT let Rivera and Wahl walk- 4 was upset - but those guys only had 3 good years in them together. I have been critical that Hayward, Tretter and Micah Hyde walk . I am not one of those prognosticators like those TV and radio guys who says it is win at all costs time for AR - I think that is is win every year with AR - and Drew Brees and Tom Brady - because they have it. Now it is time to build the D and even though I though that Preston should have been cut - the fact is that he played better near the end of the season and perhaps with the new DC he might fit a better scheme and his new salary might motivate him. We still need to fix the Dline /middle linebacker and D back situation - but a lot of guys are getting released - like Hayward ( does he have a year left in him?) So at least Jones gives us some stablility and doesnt push Dillon too hard too fast.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:32 pm

Well, time for debbie downer.

I am excited and can't wait to see Jones and Dillon. That said, $12M is too rich for my blood. I'd be much happier if Matt Lombardo is correct and it is $9.5M APY with incentives and escalators (Incentives are much better for the player) that could push it to $14M APY. $14M APY is probably high since Shefter got his information from the agent, Rosenhausm and agents often include the incentives in their AAV info. Have to wait.

Yes, I think signing a CB2 would have been a better use of cap space. But I am not a draftnik and thus I am not sure how good some of the CB prospects will likely be. If Barmore falls and GB takes him in the first [or if the OT is just too good to ignore - maybe Darrisaw or Cosmi] is there a CB in the 2nd (and I mean at least one who falls to 50 - we draft 60th after all) who can start day one? IDK.

We have lots of picks this year including some not premium but nice picks with one third, two 4ths, and 2 fifths. CBs don't normally come in the 4th and 5th rounds, not day one starters.

Waiting for the actual numbers to judge this deal. It should be fun to watch them, but I am not a teenager. Yeah, getting closer to the grumpy old man yelling get off my lawn.

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stockholder's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:48 pm

Barmore is going top 15. CB sets the draft Now.

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PeteK's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:56 pm

Seems similar to the Henry contract.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

March 14, 2021 at 07:15 pm

12M won't be as bad when the Cap balloons as new TV deals kick in. Hopefully they have worked it out so his cap hit is small in 2021.

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2021 at 09:43 am

I am in agreement in the CB issue. To me that is the position where investment in experience promises the most upside this year.

That said, I will wait and see what financial adjustments are made and the terms. Perhaps we have a plan to do both.

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splitpea1's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:33 pm

Great to have him back, as it keeps us from having to fill a giant void in the offense. But is one ball going to be enough for all these weapons?

Aside from a high quality prospect at T and maybe a hidden gem at WR, using the other eight picks on defense seems to make sense. I know--somehow a monkey wrench will get thrown into this.

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Droski's picture

March 14, 2021 at 06:34 pm

Awesome signing and very solid contract with a bunch of incentives. And Jonesy turned down more money to come back to the pack, what a humble guy, real franchise player. GPG

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blondy45's picture

March 14, 2021 at 07:12 pm

Great signing! As stated above, let's wait to see the actual numbers Aaron signed for. In my mind, if we had to replace AJ, it would have to come from the draft. It would take years to develop a RB even if we hit on a good one in the draft. The team's stable of RB's are not ready for prime time yet, without AJ & Jamaal Williams. If you do the free agent route, you are still paying for a RB ( of lesser quality) for at least 4 to 6 million per year. All day long I will take a proven player who loves the system, is a loyal want to be Packer, & an Aaron Rodgers want. Keep Aaron Rodgers happy, add a veteran CB in free agency, draft wisely. Do not give away draft picks, keep them all. Down the road we are going to need cheap contracts for the next 4 years to off set the money we are kicking the can down the road now. The Cap number in the future will go up, so that should also help the restructuring of current contracts. Go Pack Go!

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

March 14, 2021 at 11:52 pm

I literally almost jumped out of my seat. This is awesome. Jones is a great guy and we have a Lightning and Thunder in place for three seasons now.

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Since'61's picture

March 14, 2021 at 07:20 pm

Glorious news! Can't wait to see Jones running behind Deguara as the lead blocker. Thought we lost him. Now we can focus draft on WR and OL for the offense. The rest defense, CB, DL and ILB. Maybe this is the sign that we're going all in for 2021.
Thanks, Since '61

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stockholder's picture

March 14, 2021 at 09:14 pm

If he takes another QB you'll know different.

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Since'61's picture

March 15, 2021 at 08:33 am

He could take a late round QB prospect. The Packers are going to bring another QB into camp whether it's a UDFA or a late round pick or maybe Boyle comes back if no other team picks him up. I don't see the Packers with only 2 QBs in camp. AR #1, Love #2, ??? #3 or on the PS. Thanks, Since '61

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KneelYoung's picture

March 14, 2021 at 09:07 pm

Wow. Wow . Wow. So pleased. So grateful. So excited to have Aaron Jones signed. Took me by surprise but it shows that he is an important straw stirring the drink. The Packers are just a different team with i on the field. It will be fun to watch the Jones-Dillon-Deguera-Dafney backfield. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillion are like Bourbon and an ice cube or cherry pie with ice cream. The two just go so well together. What a splash sign by Gutey. So wonderful to not let one of our great players walk.

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PhantomII's picture

March 14, 2021 at 07:37 pm

I want the Packers to win a Super Bowl this Season. A. Jones signing has a greater chance of making that happen than any FA RB or rookie drafted. Most good rookie RB's can start year one but ML offense w/ it's blocking schemes is harder to get them to learn and executed their responsibilities on a given play. Dillon came along very, very slow last year. Jones is an elite weapon running or receiving. I really liked Williams also, never put the ball on the ground, very reliable and pretty good smooth receiving skills. Our team is better positioned for the postseason already. Now go get a talented CB in FA and above average DL next to Clark. I think we can work around OT until Bak is back and address it in the draft at some point. I know everyone wants a shiny ILB in the draft but we have a couple fellas showing something as rookies. The new DC worked w/ LB's a lot, I think they will grow in it and would be ahead of most rookies in year #2. Need a really good WR or CB round 1-2. GPG

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Denver's picture

March 14, 2021 at 07:54 pm

Great and unexpected news! I love Aaron Jones and am very happy he's going to stay a Packer. And I'm not going to worry about any potential ramifications until they actually (maybe) occur.

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Dragon5's picture

March 14, 2021 at 08:06 pm

Will be interested to see how the structure of the last year (2024) looks when he'll be in his enemy year (DRAGON). From a cap perspective, hopefully an easy out.

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buddrow53's picture

March 14, 2021 at 08:10 pm

My opinion on this off season dealings is that Arod is the key behind some of these deals.

It would not surprise me if they have some deal worked out with him and it would have Big Bob T included in some fashion. Linsley maybe but his next deal will be huge and not affordable.

Props to all for being Packers.

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Bure9620's picture

March 14, 2021 at 08:13 pm

I understand resigning him and I get what Jones means to this offense and this is an all-in move kicking the can down the line.....So I don't mean to pee in everyone's oatmeal but I have to say I think these funds could have been better utilized elsewhere. Adding depth to the IDL or grabbing a moderately priced pass catcher.

Signing RBs to large deals almost never works. Most of those large contracts are regrettable except maybe Kamara. Oh well it's done. Feed him and Dillon. Actually commit to running the ball.

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PhantomII's picture

March 14, 2021 at 08:36 pm

If it makes you feel better BAK is being paid 2x this amount and will more than likely miss most of this season.

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Bure9620's picture

March 14, 2021 at 09:43 pm

Yes he will, fair point. But in the larger picture I would value Tackle well ahead of RB and Elite Tackles are just very rare. I hope Jones Stays healthy....

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PhantomII's picture

March 15, 2021 at 09:55 pm

I hope Bak gets healthy. You realize his exodus this season will pay for 2 yrs. of Jones salary. Elite tackles block for 3 seconds, a good LT must be 2.9 seconds.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 14, 2021 at 10:26 pm

Very mixed emotions. Yes, Jones is a great player and teammate. I worry about his durability. He is a very good RB but he isnt a top 5 back in my opinion.

I'd prefer spending money on linemen on both sides of the line. Over and over in FA and draft. Throw in an ILB and a slot WR.

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PhantomII's picture

March 15, 2021 at 06:08 am

You're right he's top 3.

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marpag1's picture

March 15, 2021 at 01:26 am

It's like when someone hands you a piece of decadent chocolate cake, but you're on a diet, fighting in the gym to lose those last few pounds. Sure, the cake is delicious, but how much are you going to have to pay for it on the treadmill tomorrow and the day after that?

Ah, what the hell. Let's look on the bright side. At least we're not New Orleans, who managed to "lock up" Taysom Hill on a four year 140 million dollar contract, thereby making it impossible for teams who would never want Taysom Hill to sign him. Sheesh... who was chomping at the bit to pay that kind of coin to Taysom Hill?!?!?

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Fabio's picture

March 15, 2021 at 04:27 am

I would have preferred for AJ to be released and for Smith to be cut or swapped, because I believe the money intended for them would have been more useful to sign some FAs and fill gaps (CB ILB help Clark).
That said, as always, I will be the main fan of both AJ and P. Smith
Greetings from Italy
GPG

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13TimeChamps's picture

March 15, 2021 at 04:11 pm

You can't "release" a free agent no longer under contract.

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Fabio's picture

March 15, 2021 at 04:28 am

However, let us remember that if we do not repair the obvious holes it is possible to have a replay season of the one just passed ...

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wimiller's picture

March 15, 2021 at 09:28 am

i think there would have been close to fan revolt if we let Jones walk. i felt, more than Rodgers, he was the real soul of theteam, loved by one and all. remember the story from his first year of anonymously helping some elderly lady with her bags in the outagamie country airport? i mean the guy is just plain good to the core, on every dimension. the sad thing is the equally charming and very able Williams will be elsewhere and there is someone whom you also just want the best for, deserving every dollar he will make. best 1-2 combo of running backs in the league

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