Brian Gutekunst: We would love to have Aaron Jones back

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Running back Aaron Jones has been a major contributor to Green Bay’s offense over the last few years, particularly since Matt LaFleur took over as head coach.

Jones has rushed for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, recording 1,459 yards from scrimmage and 11 total touchdowns in 2020.

He’s now a pending free agent, having completed his fourth season. But he might not be done in Green Bay.

“We would love to have Aaron back. I think he’s such an important part of our offense this year, he’s a dynamic player. He’s absolutely everything we want in a professional football player,” General Manager Brian Gutekunst said on Monday, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “So we’d certainly like to bring him back.”

Jones has rushed for 3,364 yards and 37 touchdowns from 2017-2020. He’s also caught 131 passes for 1,057 yards with six TDs.

10 responses to “Brian Gutekunst: We would love to have Aaron Jones back

  1. If you wanted to extend him, you should’ve done it before or early on in the season. Now he’s either gone, or you have to overpay. Whooops.

  2. His two fumbles kept him on the bench most of the second half. Hopefully, he can come back and continue to be a weapon for them.

  3. Sure, they’d love to have him back. Just not at market value. Especially now that they have to give the other Aaron a financial apology for last year’s draft.

  4. yeah… your 2020 draft strategy looks reeeeally great if you trade up for Jordan Love in round 1 and then re-sign Rodgers, then take Dillon in round 2 and pay top-dollar to re-sign Jones…

  5. “”yeah… your 2020 draft strategy looks reeeeally great if you trade up for Jordan Love in round 1 and then re-sign Rodgers, then take Dillon in round 2 and pay top-dollar to re-sign Jones…””

    I agree with that assessment of the situation. Trouble is that the correct decision is to keep both Jones and Rodgers despite last year’s draft. This offense needs Aaron Jones. They have not had a game breaking runner like him for over a decade going back to Ahman Green. Those type of players cannot be replaced. Even though I love Jamaal Williams, he has to be the odd man out in this situation with Dillon taking his place (and becoming the hammer part of speed vs hammer) and thus bringing some value to the last draft.

  6. While Jones and Green were great for the offense, they don’t equate to SB wins. Yes the production is great, but James Stark helepd the Packers the last SB run. I get Jones is a top 5 RB, but you can’t pay him what he’s worth, when you have players like Linsley, who needs to be paid now, and Jaire who needs to be paid soon. GB will move foward with Williams and Dillon, and then draft one and they may have a 1K yard rusher next year, but they just need to be effective, unfornately there will be no replacing of what Jones can do in the passing game.

  7. Ideally, I think the Packers would franchise tag Jones and enjoy 1 more year with him.

    I don’t think they can afford to do that with the uncertainty regarding the cap this year.

  8. I get Jones is a top 5 RB, but you can’t pay him what he’s worth, when you have players like Linsley, who needs to be paid now, and Jaire who needs to be paid soon.
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    This team never seems to do 3rd contracts with their lineman. IF Linsley comes back, it will be on a bargain deal.

    I’d love to see Jones back, but I’ll be pleasantly shocked if that happens.

    Alexander is the must sign of the 3 you named.

  9. I think the smart move would be to franchise him for 2021. No long term commitment . And , tho I love the kid, he’ll be pretty close to the end of the normal rb shelf life. They gotta resign Lindsley first and foremost

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