Brian Gutekunst: We certainly could franchise tag Aaron Jones

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The Packers don’t often use the franchise tag, having last implemented it in 2010 on defensive lineman Ryan Pickett. Green Bay is the only team that hasn’t used the tag from 2011-2020.

In his Tuesday press conference, General Manager Brian Gutekunst said there isn’t an organizational philosophy against tagging players. And with running back Aaron Jones about to become an unrestricted free agent, Green Bay may use either the franchise or transition tag to keep him in Wisconsin.

“We certainly could. I think it’s something we’re working through,” Gutekunst said. “I think, again, it’s not a philosophical thing to avoid it. I do think there’s usually better ways to go about it. But certainly if I think as we get down the road here over the next week or so, if that becomes what’s in the best interest of the Packers, I think we’ll do that. But at this point, we haven’t done that.”

Jones was selected for his first Pro Bowl in 2020, after rushing for 1,104 yards and nine touchdowns in the regular season. He also caught 47 passes for 355 yards with a pair of TDs.

Jones and Jamaal Williams will both become unrestricted free agents in a couple weeks. But last year’s second-round pick A.J. Dillon could take on a larger role if Green Bay elects to move on from its top two backs in 2020.

20 responses to “Brian Gutekunst: We certainly could franchise tag Aaron Jones

  1. How do those Packers, with all the terrible moves, keep outperforming our Vikings???

  2. I thought they drafted a running back in the second round last year so they wouldn’t have to pay Jones this year. Don’t tell me they made another bust of a draft pick.

  3. RBs are replaceable and he will have to be to. Drafted one in the 2nd last year who will have to become the bell cow back. Get a speedster in late in draft from the MAC to take on 3rd down duties.

  4. The best run organization in the league, and with the MVP at the helm it’s really just plug and play. Stick somebody back there and put some pads on him, or her. We’re fine.

  5. We need three solid running backs – it’s a violent game and a long season. Letting 33 go is basically a guarantee that we’re gonna have more than the usual amount of injuries to the running back position – it’s Murphy’s Law. This guy is a stud. We should be giving Aaron more weapons, not fewer … One of these days this brain trust is going to have to come to grips with that. Missing the Super Bowl by one game, two years in a row is not acceptable. Stop patting yourselves on the back for ‘orchestrating another winning season’ … One of these days Aaron is going to be gone, and we’re gonna discover that our front office emperors have no clothes.

  6. Real best run org’s and MVPs do better than 1-4 in NFL championship games, Rex Grossman matched that.

  7. Real best run org’s and MVPs do better than 1-4 in NFL championship games, Rex Grossman matched that.
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    And your team’s record in nfc championship games? Lol.

  8. So glad I have had the comments blocked on this site for over a year. PFT is so much more enjoyable just seeing the articles and no comments.

    I trust in Gute to do what is best for the team. As he said, if tagging Aaron Jones is what he feels is best for the team then he will do it.

    #GoPackGo!✊

  9. pkrlvr says:
    March 2, 2021 at 6:07 pm
    Real best run org’s and MVPs do better than 1-4 in NFL championship games, Rex Grossman matched that.
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    And your team’s record in nfc championship games? Lol.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Did someone here say actually that? Only a packer apologist would say that. LOL

  10. I understand the philosophy on both sides of this equation.
    A one year contract for just a hair over 8 million brings you experience, talent and stability at a position that’s critical for this offense vs. freeing up 8 million to fix another hole on this team and drafting a fresh set of legs to pair with Dillon.

    Personally, I’m fine with either call, especially since we’re only talking about an additional one year deal.
    RB is the most easily replaceable position in the NFL today.
    Investing heavily in them, especially on their 2nd contracts, continues to be a mistake teams make over and over again.

    My gut tells me they’ll let Jones walk.
    James White would be an intriguing FA signing and resigning Jamaal Williams to a modest deal is another sound option.
    Moves like this allowing for further investment in the defense would be their best move, in my opinion.

  11. Real best run org’s and MVPs do better than 1-4 in NFL championship games
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    Teams that give up 40 points per game, usually lose. Especially in Playoff games.

  12. James White would be an intriguing FA signing and resigning Jamaal Williams to a modest deal is another sound option.
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    I’d love to see White here.

    Shanahan never really valued receiving/3rd down-type backs.

    McVay has.

    It will be interesting to see which route LaFleur wants to go.

  13. drunken brady says:
    March 2, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    James White would be an intriguing FA signing and resigning Jamaal Williams to a modest deal is another sound option.
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    I’d love to see White here.

    Shanahan never really valued receiving/3rd down-type backs.

    McVay has.

    It will be interesting to see which route LaFleur wants to go.
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    Very astute observation.
    The Packers, as a franchise, have never really utilized 3rd down backs, but I know Matt LaFleur loves to use RBs in his passing attack.

    And though White is a little long in the tooth, limited carries throughout his career leaves plenty of tread on those tires.
    I like the fit.
    Especially for what I believe the cost/benefit will be.

  14. Uhhhh….. yeah, technically, they can, but that’s $11 mil. They’re already $11 mil over. Franchising Jones requires extending Adams and cutting Preston Smith and at least two other players (Amos, Lowry, MVS….) just to get under the cap. And that leaves nothing for draft picks. Sooooo…… yeah. And let’s not forget the unsigned free agent list still includes
    Linsley
    Wagner
    Taylor
    Lazard
    Lewis
    Tonyan
    Williams
    Harrison
    Adams
    Kirksey
    King
    Sullivan
    Greene
    Redmond

    Perhaps dropping a third of the cap on two players was not the best plan…..

  15. They can franchise Jones and trade him for a better pick than they would get as compensation for his loss in free agency next season.

    But the small-minded NFCN trolls that stop by here don’t understand that. Big surprise

  16. Perhaps dropping a third of the cap on two players was not the best plan…
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    Wherever it was you got your economics degree; I suggest asking for a refund..

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