Aaron Jones has earned his second contract

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After Packers running back Aaron Jones racked up 236 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in Sunday’s eventual romp over the Lions, Jones told me by phone with a laugh, “I’m gonna have to go and call my agent.”

Maybe Jones, a fourth-year running back who has yet to get his second contract, also should enlist quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the quest for a new contract.

Appearing Friday on The Rich Eisen Show, Rodgers heaped praise on Jones.

He’s just been really, really special to watch,” Rodgers said. “There’s some guys who you can’t help but pull for because they do things the right way. And Jonesy is one of those guys. He is one of the greatest teammates that I’ve had in 16 years. He is the most respectful teammate possibly that we’ve ever had. I mean, he’s still ‘yes sir, no sir’ to so many people– basically everybody older than him around the facility.

“He’s just such a great kid. And he is not jealous, doesn’t have any jealousy. He cheers for his teammates, he pulls for them. He blocks his ass off. He’s obviously a great runner of the football. He can take it to the distance. He’s worked hard on areas that he hasn’t, you know, that he’s needed to improve on, whether it’s route running, pass catching, blocking, understanding certain intricacies of the system.

“He’s a great representation of our organization and the community. You know, I think he’s made some mistakes, he’s owned up to them. And he is one of the greatest young players we’ve got in our locker room, and such a great kid. You can’t help but pull for him, and just so proud of what he’s accomplished. He adds so much to our team. He’s such a dynamic player and an even better person.”

Still, even as other great fourth-year running backs have gotten their second contracts (Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara), Jones is still waiting. When I asked Jones about the fact that he hasn’t gotten paid yet, he didn’t complain at all. And he likewise expressed zero concern about the injury risk that he continues to bear while he plays out the final 14 games of his rookie deal.

Here’s hoping that the Packers aren’t using Jones’ excellent nature and mindset against him. Generally speaking, great running backs needs to make their push for a contract before the start of their fourth seasons. Otherwise, the franchise-tag dance occurs, and the player likely ends up with a lot less than he could have had, after carrying the injury risk through those first four seasons.

With Jones, there’s been no talk of holding out or holding in or causing any type of trouble. If anything, that makes him even more worthy of the financial investment he deserves. His value may become even more evident to a national audience on Sunday night, when the Packers face the Saints — and when Jones and Kamara (who has gotten his reward) can be compared on an apples-to-apples (sort of) basis.

32 responses to “Aaron Jones has earned his second contract

  1. Although I question some of the Packer organizations recent decisions, big time, I trust them, and really what choice do I have, but I trust them to keep this relationship positive and upbeat, and get it done to everyone’s satisfaction when the two sides decide.

  2. Like so many before him, Aaron came in and immediately knew how blessed he was to be playing for the 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers. His heartwarming story will no doubt inspire current and future Packers to even greater success.

  3. We don’t even know what the cap is going to be next year yet, so slow down a bit. Implying the Packers should hurry up and get this done is a bit of clueless thinking. Gute and Russ Ball know what they are doing and have it under control. Other players to get done as well, including David Bakhtiari.

  4. To think Tom Brady and the Bucs are going to the Super Bowl is ridiculous. The NFC is no joke. Packers, Seahawks, Saints, 49ers…….. NFC is a tough road to hoe

  5. I absolutely love Aaron Jones
    It’s phenomenal what he brings to the team, how he represents the Green and Gold, and like Aaron Rodgers said, it’s very easy to pull for the guy.
    But, with all due respect to the ever knowing, Mike Florio, the Packers are wise to show restraint.

    David Bakhtiari is the priority here and will be until he inks his new deal.
    You simply don’t let Hall of Fame Left Tackles walk away from your team, especially ones in the prime of their careers.
    Outside of QB, it just may be the most important position on your team.

    And in all honesty, RBs are readily replaceable.
    Serviceable ones can be picked up in almost any draft.
    Truly special ones are a tricky matter and have to be weighed carefully.
    Replacing Jones’ production won’t be easy, but it all begins and ends with having a solid O-Line to run behind, and that’s where the focus should remain.

    With a lot of uncertainty about the cap ramifications next season, pumping the breaks on any additional contracts is just smart management.
    Everything you do going forward will have a ripple effect as far as whether you’re able to keep Aaron Jones, Kevin King, Corey Linsley, as well as a handful of other players hoping to remain.

    Aaron Jones will definitely get paid, and yes, he’s earned it, when his time comes.
    Unfortunately, it just may be with another team.
    Thankfully, for now, the Packers have a loaded backfield.
    Moving on to New Orleans.

  6. I have been regularly watching Packer games since the 80’s. Many RB’s have come and gone. Aaron Jones is clearly a very rare talent and person. Easily the most talented RB the Packers have had in decades. The threat of a true game breaking RB multiplies the effectiveness of play action passing allowing for less talent at the WR position (not talking about Devante Adams). When that special RB can also be a deep threat in the passing game, you have the ability to torch even the best of defenses.

    I know paying RB’s too many $$’s can wreck a salary cap but find some common ground Gute and get AJ on board. He is a “once in 20 years” talent.

  7. Come to Minnesota, Aaron. Can you imagine the three-head monster of Cook, Mattison and then Jones backing them both up?!! To go along with Cousins throwing the ball to Thielen and Jefferson! The offense would be even more unstoppable than it is now!! Defenses across the league are probably shaking in their cleats at the thought of such a prospect! Some may say we don’t have the cap space to sign him, but we do have the best and brightest GM in the league, and he’ll be able to once again work his magic!

  8. Torn. All those comments about backs being the most replaceable position have some merit, after all Aaron Jones himself was a 5th round pick.

    But Aaron Jones is so fun to watch, and has blossomed into an excellent pass catching threat as well. For an organization whose season rushing leaders included Brandon Jackson, Alex Green and Ty Montgomery just in the past decade, I say show AJ the money.

  9. The Packers will resign Aaron Jones and David Bakhtiari. Both of them are stars and at the top of the heap at their positions.
    What they will do is what all teams do to keep their star players. They’ll re-do other guys’ contracts (see Aaron Rodgers, for example) to free up the money to pay them.
    It’s amazing to me that Mike McCarthy and many others doubted Jones’ ability to play RB because of injury concerns. He has proven them all wrong.

  10. Satan says:
    September 26, 2020 at 9:38 am
    Make it happen, Gute. I don’t want to see Aaron Jones in purple.
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    Tell me again how that would happen. The Vikings just signed Cook to a 5 year $63 million contract. C’mon man, wake up!

  11. Aaron leads the league in rushing, and is honorably fulfilling the remainder of his $2.6M rookie contract. It’s obvious he’s happy to be part of something much bigger than himself as an individual.

    In contrast, some players like 26th ranked rusher Dalvin Cook only care about getting paid because that franchise really isn’t worth the effort. Obviously. His holdout threats against the weak minded Vikings netted him a $63M ransom.

    Bottom line – bad franchises have to overpay, because players don’t believe in them.

  12. Christopher Allan says:
    September 26, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Satan says:
    September 26, 2020 at 9:38 am
    Make it happen, Gute. I don’t want to see Aaron Jones in purple.
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    Tell me again how that would happen. The Vikings just signed Cook to a 5 year $63 million contract. C’mon man, wake up!
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    Aaron Jones is a better running back than Cook. Deal with it. The only thing that sucks is that Cook’s lunatic demands on MN will likely influence Jones’ agent to get a bigger contract in GB. Thanks for that.

  13. philmccracken says:
    September 26, 2020 at 11:48 am
    Aaron leads the league in rushing, and is honorably fulfilling the remainder of his $2.6M rookie contract. It’s obvious he’s happy to be part of something much bigger than himself as an individual.

    In contrast, some players like 26th ranked rusher Dalvin Cook only care about getting paid because that franchise really isn’t worth the effort. Obviously. His holdout threats against the weak minded Vikings netted him a $63M ransom.

    Bottom line – bad franchises have to overpay, because players don’t believe in them.

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    Leading the league in Rushing after two games doesn’t guarantee you a Super Bowl win and why does it matter anyway, if the Packer have to go to the west coast they will lose any way. Ya know why Dalvin is 26th, because Minnesota has been playing from behind

    mikeyb says:
    September 26, 2020 at 11:36 am
    The Packers will resign Aaron Jones and David Bakhtiari. Both of them are stars and at the top of the heap at their positions.
    What they will do is what all teams do to keep their star players. They’ll re-do other guys’ contracts (see Aaron Rodgers, for example) to free up the money to pay them.
    It’s amazing to me that Mike McCarthy and many others doubted Jones’ ability to play RB because of injury concerns. He has proven them all wrong.

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    McCarthy has moved on to a better running back and a better team, you should too. Bottom line is the Packer fans are all prancing around like elves at a candy cane convention after two games. They think the division is sewn up and A A Ron is gonna win the MVP, its a long season cheeseheads and injuries are playing a key role, you should all know that. Remember when A A Ron walked into a Barr? You think its a level playing field now that Thomas is out, your team is just gonna show up and win by default because its the Green Bay Freaking Packers. Your squad has beaten two teams with a combined record of 0-4, the Saints opponents record combined however is 3-1.

    It ain’t over til the fat lady sings and she hasn’t left the buffet table just yet….hahahahahahha

  14. Aaron Jones is a top 5 RB.

    I’d rather have him than Barkley (for example) he brings more to the table… but for some reason he’s vastly underrated.

    Pay the man!

  15. Fair to say 1) Packers fans simply LOVE Jones, no question, 2) Bak is a bigger priority as QB protector and a position proven to be effective into ones mid-30s and 3) Jones has had an injury history.

    I think the success of the young DBs and growth of Dillon will have more bearing on this. If they see a replacement for King, that may make Jones a priority. If not, I could see them maybe franchise Jones next year and move on. If so, it’ll be tough on the team and it’s fans, not to mention Jones’ teammates. But smart cap management is what helps makes GB elite, and sometimes you just have to choose.

  16. He’s talented, no doubt.

    But they should NOT over pay him. There is at least a portion of his effectiveness which is a result from defenses respecting Aaron Rodger’s ability. Defenses don’t stack the box like they do playing against lesser QB’s.

    They also have a decent RB2 and they just spent a 2nd rounder on a RB who looks like he has race horse thighs for legs.

    Wait to see what the new cap is and offer him a decent renewal…but do NOT break the bank on him. If he wants to get paid top RB money, let him go.

  17. Of course a Vikings fan is advocating for the Packers to make the same mistake the Vikings did and put themselves in cap trouble lol

  18. Aaron Jones is a stud, he will get his money there or elsewhere. We will see if Rodgers is willing to take a slight payout for an established #1 running back.

  19. As a packers fan I love Aaron Jones. You will not find a more respectful hardworking football player. Unfortunately I don’t see the packers having the cap to resign him. Best of luck Aaron. Whatever team signs you (assuming you walk) is signing an absolute stud and great person.

  20. philmccracken says:
    September 26, 2020 at 12:57 pm
    0-2 has really triggered all these disgraced Viking fans.
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    In my time Ive seen it all with this team, 4 Super Bowl losses, wide right in 98,Bounty Gate, missed FG that would have sent Seattle home in 15 below game an 0-2 start doesn’t phase me.

    What I stated were facts nothing more. Beating two 0-2 teams that rank in the lower tiers on D is no reason to think every game will be like those two. Saint are a formidable opponent and if Tay Train and Karmura getting rolling in the run game that leaves Rodgers on the bench. Cant score if you dont have the ball.

    Now with Aaron Jones maybe he doesn’t want to sign just yet until he sees what Rodgers does, hence his great attitude on the matter. RBs as most pf the people on this thread have said are replaceable. If I were Jones I’d be cautious about signing a long term deal if Rodgers will not be there either next year or the year after.

    Rodgers departure from Green Bay is inevitable, Jones may have to decide whether he wants to spend his best years playing with an inexperienced QB in Love. Packers didnt draft him in the first round to have him sit until Rodgers doesn’t want to play anymore. Rodgers is playing outta his skull right now because he wants to prove he is capable of still playing, not in GB but somewhere else.

    Does Jones deserve a new contract? Hell yes he does, but if I were him before I sign I’d wanna make sure the future HOF QB is gonna be there, that would weigh heavy on my decision. There is a great chance after this year Rodgers may not want to be there especially if the Packers fail to get home field and to the west coast and lose again.

    Its Super Bowl or bust this year, mainly for Rodgers. Message has been sent clearly Rodgers got the message. Question is will Jones still wanna be there if Rodgers isnt.

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