NFL Insider Reveals Why the Green Bay Packers Didn’t Franchise Tag Aaron Jones

Published 03/15/2021, 10:32 AM EDT
Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


With free agency inching closer, franchises across the NFL are scampering to retain their key players. And the Green Bay Packers have done just that by locking in running back Aaron Jones to a 4-year $48 million deal.

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The deal sees Jones, who was franchise tagged last season, extend his stay in the Frozen Tundra alongside other offensive kingpins such as Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers.

Sep 13, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) congratulates wide receiver Davante Adams (17) after his touchdown. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

While many believed that the Packers would franchise tag the running back for 2021 as well, the team decided to give Jones the payday he deserves. And an NFL insider revealed just why the team gave him the new deal instead of franchise tagging him.

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Packers vision involves Aaron Jones in the long run

Drafted back in 2017 by the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season thanks to his stellar performances.

The running back was a key driving force for the Packers offense and helped them move the chains to get QB Aaron Rodgers into the redzone to do his bit. The running back enjoyed a successful 2019 campaign as well when he scored 16 touchdowns for side.

Thus his consistent showing over the seasons convinced the Packers to tie him down to the franchise for good. And NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero also stated that the franchise was also looking to push for a permanent deal.

“Their plan was always to make a push over the weekend, and try to lock him up. And that’s exactly what they did with Aaron Jones,” said the Pelissero.

The Packers would’ve saved money had they franchise tagged the running back. But they decided not to do so by awarding Jones the paycheck he deserves.

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Dec 27, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) rushes with the football against the Tennessee Titans. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

“If the Packers had tagged Jones, this year and next, he would’ve made about $19 million. My understanding is that Jones gets a little bit more than that, over the first two years. Including a $13 million dollar signing bonus,” the NFL insider added.

Given the shelf life of running backs in the league, it’s always tough to see one getting franchise tagged. Aaron Jones‘ new deal is the right step for both the player and the franchise.

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Jones gets the money he deserves and the franchise tie down one of the league’s best running back for at least 4 more years. A win-win for all parties involved.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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