James Jones: I talk to Aaron Rodgers all the time and I think he’ll be at training camp

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Former Packers wide receiver James Jones believes that Aaron Rodgers ultimately will get on the same page with the Packers’ front office and play in Green Bay this season.

“I truly believe that he will be there for training camp, this will get fixed, and I think the relationship will get much better between him and the GM,” Jones told Colin Cowherd.

Jones said Rodgers isn’t as down on Packers General Manager Brian Gutekinst as some people have made him out to be, nor is Rodgers as unhappy about his contract as some people have made him out to be.

“I’ve talked to Aaron. I talk to him all the time. He’s told me that it’s not about the G.M., it’s not about new money, it’s not about the G.M. So when I hear everybody say it’s about getting the G.M. fired and these things, it’s not about that,” Jones said.

So why is Rodgers not participating in the Packers’ mandatory minicamp this week?

“His No. 1 beef is a private conversation on the phone that I can’t share with you,” Jones said.

The closest Jones would come to explaining what exactly Rodgers is upset about was an indication that Rodgers’ frustration with the Packers cutting receiver Jake Kumerow extends to other players they’ve let go as well. Jones said Rodgers doesn’t object to drafting Jordan Love but does object to cutting Kumerow, Jordy Nelson and other favorite teammates.

“It’s not about who you’re bringing in, I can’t control who you draft, I can’t control who you bring in in free agency. But what I do want a little input on is the guys you’re letting out of the building. You’ve got guys like Jordy Nelson who are willing to take a pay cut to play and you say, ‘No, get out of here’ anyway,” Jones said. “I think it’s the guys getting out of the building, that he’s seen walking out of the building and still wanted to be in Green Bay and still could have been contributors to winning a championship.”

It may be too late to bring back Kumerow or Nelson, but Jones thinks it’s not too late for Gutekinst to convince Rodgers that going forward, the Packers will be a team he wants to play for.

48 responses to “James Jones: I talk to Aaron Rodgers all the time and I think he’ll be at training camp

  1. The drama queen is the most overrated quarterback in the history of the NFL. That title used to belong to Eli Manning, but at least Eli was able to get himself 2 rings, and he wasn’t a spoiled insufferable human being

  2. Very telling. I have to say, I was disappointed they let Jordy go and I was shocked about Kumerow. Kumerow because of the timing. I mean, the very next day after Rodgers said he thought Kumerow secured a spot, Kumerow was cut. Was that Gutekunst sending a message?

    Ultimately, I believe in management doing the managing. That said, sometimes a little tact goes a long way.

  3. James Jones is very credible, I can tell you that. Talks “to Aaron all the time.”

    I have said several times this is not about Brian Gutekunst. And I also said that Aaron will be at camp July 31st.

    Thank you James.👌

  4. That might be the most actual insight we’ve had on this topic since the news broke on draft night.

  5. And there it is… no more speculation of him wanting Gutey fired or the other BS… this will all get worked out prior to camp. Jones also said Rodgers is willing and ready to fly to GB and sit down and talk this out. Its over. And… during these OTYS’s we now get a good look at Love… all good.

  6. I see a lot of Packer fans are turning on Aaron Rodgers. If you dont want Rodgers, why dont you want the Packers to trade him for a kings randsom?

  7. Very telling. I have to say, I was disappointed they let Jordy go and I was shocked about Kumerow. Kumerow because of the timing. I mean, the very next day after Rodgers said he thought Kumerow secured a spot, Kumerow was cut. Was that Gutekunst sending a message? Ultimately, I believe in management doing the managing. That said, sometimes a little tact goes a long way.

  8. This is the truth, The day before Aaron was praising the guy so much, the next day they cut him or traded him i forget,He likes to hold a grudge i guess?

  9. AJ Hawk already called the report about Rodgers wanting the GM, Brian Gutenkunst, fired complete garbage the Monday after the draft.
    Couple that with the crap about Aaron recruiting FAs to leave that turned out to be false too, you can’t believe almost anything that’s been reported.

    Take everything with a grain of salt and let the powers that be work things out behind the scenes.
    Jordan Love gets some valuable offseason work in and the Packers, as a team, get ready for another run come late July.

    I sincerely hope that the fans of the Lions, Bears and Vikings enjoyed their victory laps around the Packers.
    They’ve spent a good part of April, May and June crowing in celebration, but come September, it’ll be time to gear up for some real tackle football.
    Buckle up.

  10. Since Rodgers has to have confidence and rapport with the guys to whom he is throwing, seems at this point of his career he has earned the right to be part of the conversation about who should be retained — not the last word, but a voice in the process.

  11. Why hasnt Rodgers said this himself? Strange a grown man lets others speak on his behalf when he could clear this up himself easily if what Jones says is right.

    Or maybe Jones is just blowing smoke.

    If this was a negotiating ploy on Rodgers part, to hold out until training camp, Jones just blew it

    Even if he comes back this year, this thing will impact their season for the worse.

  12. We finally have the truth. After all the ridiculous, foolish, wrong and unwarranted speculation (and downright lies), James Jones get it right. I think the reason I can relate so well to this is because I loved both Jordy Nelson and Jake Kumerow. I agree 100% with AR on this. Poor decisions to destroy chemistry of team, without regard to the best player on the team (and MVP) having a voice. I think the wild card here that explains Rodger’s maybe excessive reaction, is just how unbelievably painful the last two NFC championship losses must have been for him. There is no team he wanted to beat more than SF and no person he wanted to beat more than Tom Brady. Winning the MVP just finally gave him the voice he needed to express his understandable frustrations over time. I still beleive there is some scapegoating going on there, but again it is very understandable. The guy needs more time off. He’s engaged, he’s having fun with Jeapardy. Let him enjoy life; give Jordan Love some reps, and stay away from all the intensity of another season. God knows AR doesnt need another minicamp. Managment should have gone to him and said ‘take all the time you need’. He could show up for the final preseason game and still be ready for the season. Thank you James Jones for being one of the few clear headed thinkers among the talking head industry.

  13. so the guy acts like a 5 year old and stays home and pouts…. Let him sit because he’s a cancer in the locker room….

  14. What James Jones said there makes absolutely no sense based on indications coming from a million other places, so it sounds like absolute BS and he’s just making it up to provide an alternative and to make a name for himself.

  15. I absolutely loved Jordy Nelson but he played one season after leaving the Packers before retiring. And Jake Kumerow had one single reception last season for the Bills. If those are supposed to be evidence of the front office doing things wrong Aaron has blinders on.

  16. When the Packers released Jordy Nelson, he looked like a shell of his former self in Oakland the following season before he retired. Kumerow was a career fringe practice squad/end-of-the-roster guy with no upside.

    If that’s really what Rodgers is upset about – and I don’t believe that it is – then he’s making a great case for GMs to take quarterback personnel advice with a grain of salt.

  17. I’m sure Rodgers will confide in a former teammate that’s turned media talking head. Sure.

    One of the reasons I want Rodgers to not play there again is to prove this dude and all these other former packers so wrong.

  18. Funny Jones is saying the same thing I’ve been posting for months. AR was way more po’d about Nelson and JK than people realize. The front office took those guys away solely to make a point, that no one is bigger than the team. What other conclusion is there considering their salaries? Nelson was willing to give them a discount and JK cost nothing.

  19. “I absolutely loved Jordy Nelson but he played one season after leaving the Packers before retiring. And Jake Kumerow had one single reception last season for the Bills. If those are supposed to be evidence of the front office doing things wrong Aaron has blinders on.”

    Absolutely! Rodgers and Nelson were a fantastic combination. One year later, Carr & Nelson, not so much. Rodgers, like all great quarterbacks, can make receivers look great.

    The Packers’ front office knew what it was doing with Jordy & Kumerow.

  20. Randall Cobb being let go was about money, and I promise you Russ Ball handled that.

    Russ is very good handling the cap and contracts, but he is very tight with money and Murphy supports him. I am nearly sure some of the players let go were not decisions Gute made.

    Remember, Mark Murphy changed the power structure in 2018 to give himself more power. The head coach and GM now report only to him. Ted Thompson ran all of the football operations, and Murphy wanted more power when Gute became GM.

    I am not saying I am against Mark, but this is all making more sense now.

    IN GUTE WE TRUST!✊

  21. “It’s about the people.” So it’s about the people the Packers cut whom Rodgers liked playing with.

  22. James Jones is a known goof.

    No way AR gives up the bonus money just because they cut his buddies, that is ridiculous. If Jones can’t share the private conversation, why open his mouth? He’s full of it.

    This is the same dope that predicts GB to go undefeated every year. I trust him as far as a I can throw a piano.

  23. If it’s a small problem and easy to fix, AR wouldn’t have gone on TV and express all the passive aggressive stance (i.e. beautiful mystery, about the people, etc …) and donating nearly $600K to the Packer organization to date. If firing the GM isn’t enough to get what he wants, then it’s a bigger issue not smaller because it’s not just the GM but something at an organization level that can’t easily be changed.

  24. I absolutely loved Jordy Nelson but he played one season after leaving the Packers before retiring. And Jake Kumerow had one single reception last season for the Bills. If those are supposed to be evidence of the front office doing things wrong Aaron has blinders on.
    —–
    Completely missing the point. Anybody with fingers can look up the stats. You don’t have any idea what those guys meant to the receiver room, the locker room or to AR. Cutting a guy who makes $500k a year the day after Rodger’s endorses him publicly is a huge message and if you can’t see that you’re the one wearing blinders.

  25. I seriously doubt Rodgers will report to training camp. After all this drama it would be hard to show up and swallow his pride. Egos are a funny thing.

  26. When Rodgers comes back from his extended vacation he soon will love Amari Rodgers as much as he did Jordy or Jake. This is the most loaded GB roster in many years and is definitely the best chance Aaron has to get that second ring anywhere this year. So put on the big boy pants #12, and let’s go.

  27. paulhargis57 says:
    June 9, 2021 at 11:39 am

    James Jones is a known goof.

    No way AR gives up the bonus money just because they cut his buddies, that is ridiculous. If Jones can’t share the private conversation, why open his mouth? He’s full of it.

    This is the same dope that predicts GB to go undefeated every year. I trust him as far as a I can throw a piano.
    *********
    Aaron Rodgers thought enough of James Jones to allow him to exclusively break the story of his contract extension a few seasons ago.
    I don’t see why Jones wouldn’t have an inside track into what the QB was thinking over this offseason.
    Especially since they’re friends and talk quite a bit.
    It’s a lot more solid than all the erroneously reported garbage citing unnamed league officials and sources that have permeated sports talk for months.
    Almost all of it that was already proven false.

    Yes, Jones has a little fun with his homerism predicting the Packers record each year, but I’ll put my faith in his reporting when it comes to Aaron Rodgers.
    At least he has the guts to put his name to it and back it up.

  28. pkrlvr says:
    June 9, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Funny Jones is saying the same thing I’ve been posting for months. AR was way more po’d about Nelson and JK than people realize. The front office took those guys away solely to make a point, that no one is bigger than the team. What other conclusion is there considering their salaries? Nelson was willing to give them a discount and JK cost nothing.
    _____________

    Well, another possible conclusion is that the GM decides who makes the team and maybe he prioritizes what another player can contribute to the team over who Aaron’s lunch buddies are. Nelson clearly showed he was done in his last season with the Packers and Kumerow was never any good. I’m supposed to believe that Rodgers is going to retire because the Packers didn’t keep these guys? That strains credulity, to say the least.

  29. Neither Nelson or Kumerow have or did much after leaving GB. Nelson was past his prime and Kumerow is a guy. Gutenkunst is GM. Rodgers gets paid to sling the pigskin. If Gutenkunst wants to as Rodgers for roster input, he would. Otherwise, shut up. Do your job better when it counts outside the regular season to win, not put up stats/avoid INT’s

  30. I love how one guy says what the packer fans want to hear and all of a sudden that disproves everything else that has been reported. So you really think Aaron is going to show up for training camp and everything is going to be hunky-dory again? Good luck with that.

  31. Over the last few years the GB front office has repeatedly shown that the NFL is a business. Rodgers is now showing that it’s a business from a players stand point also. It’s all about leverage.

  32. If this is really about Nelson and Kumerow then I really don’t think we should ever again hear about how the Packers aren’t giving Rodgers enough weapons.

  33. Are you kidding me. What a hill to die on. Insufferable.

    Really liked Jordy Nelson but he was traded/released at the end of 2017, after only having 472 receiving yards & he’s not even playing anymore.

    Jake Kumerow career stats are pitiful. 25 games, 344 total receiving yards.
    2018: 5 games, 103 yds (Packers)
    2019: 14 games, 219 yds (Packers)
    2020: 6 games, 1 target, 22 yds (Buffalo)

  34. So everyone else who reportedly talked to Rodgers and was repeating what Rodgers told them was wrong but James is the only one who is correct?

    If James talks to him all the time why didn’t James clear this up weeks ago?

    The simple reason is Aaron has taken this as far as he can and because he let his friends do all the talking, he is using his plausible deniability to walk everything back.

    He was never going to sit out or retire. His only option to save his rep with the fanbase, if the Packers didn’t blink, was to pretend it never happened.

  35. Much ado about nothing. Whatever will be, will be. Rodgers, and the Packers, have apparently agreed to say nothing. That’s already cooperation.

  36. Anyone that doesn’t think what JJ is saying about why Aaron is doing this is true, just google Randall Cobb, Aaron Rodgers crying.

    Look at that pic closely. That was their last time on the field together, when they both knew Cobbie was getting let go.

  37. To paraphrase a statement by Vince Lombardi; “This is a ruthless business. It doesn’t matter what great things a player did last season, if he can’t do it now, you’ve got to move on.”

  38. Rodgers gave up 600K to have James Jones make this point for him and then just show up as if nothing happen . Packer fans can be so dopey.

  39. “His No. 1 beef is a private conversation on the phone that I can’t share with you,” Jones said.

    It’s the Packer fans. Guaranteed.

  40. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 9, 2021 at 2:24 pm
    Rodgers gave up 600K to have James Jones make this point for him and then just show up as if nothing happen . Packer fans can be so dopey.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Nothing did happen. Lots of veterans skip OTA’s. I haven’t heard the Packers or Rodgers say anything. Have you?

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