Former Packer Who Won Super Bowl With Aaron Rodgers, Admits Being “Hurt” With His Jets Decision

Published 03/21/2023, 4:05 PM EDT

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As soon-to-be former Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers nears the completion of his move to New York, not everyone seems to be on board. There were rumors that Rodgers has a wishlist of players he wants to play with and the Jets are following that list to the core. However, the QB has denied the claims. One of his former Lombardi-winning ex-teammates has a big problem with No 12’s decision to follow in his predecessor, Brett Favre’s footsteps. Is he hurt by Rodgers’ decision?

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Former Packers wide receiver and Super Bowl XLV champion James Jones expressed his disappointment with Rodgers’ impending trade to the New York Jets. However, he is still happy that his four-time league MVP signal-caller decided against retirement, if not a return to Wisconsin.

A-Rod’s decision to join the Jets hurt James Jones

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Last week, during his first appearance on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’, after coming out of his ‘darkness retreat’, Aaron Rodgers clarified that he wants to keep playing in the NFL. And he plans to do so with the Jets. And the move could have been official by now if the Packers and Jets could arrive at a mutually satisfactory compensation deal for the 39-year-old quarterback.

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The Packers would want New York’s first-round pick from this year’s draft. And there are many in the NFL community who think that the Gang Green should give it all up to get A-Rod. However, as the two teams still negotiate, Rodgers’ former wideout James Jones wishes it could have all gone differently.

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On being asked about Aaron’s decision during the ‘Up & Adams’ show with host Kay Adams, James said, “I’m not surprised, but I’m hurt. When I talked to him in the off-season, it was all Green Bay talk.

Jones is happy Aaron Rodgers didn’t opt retirement

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Jones spent seven of his ten years in the NFL, playing in the green and yellow before retiring in 2017 to become an NFL analyst. And as much as he would hate to see his former Super Bowl MVP quarterback put on the Jets Green, James is glad Aaron didn’t choose the third option on his list; retirement.

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Also, when James spoke to A-Rod during the off-season, he got a feeling that the end of the road is near. “He was just sitting there talking to me. And he was like, man to be honest with you, I don’t know if that is their plan. If they want me back. So when he said that I am like shoot, we probably could be exiting that building,” Jones said.

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The Packers would like to move on. They’ve let me know that in so many words,” Rodgers clearly stated on McAfee’s show this week. And Packers GM Brian Gutekunst has also expressed his faith in Jordan Love. The only thing to wait for now? The official Gang Green confirmation for A-Rod.

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Indian School of Business and Finance. Rivu is a sports nerd with his favorites being Soccer, American Football, Basketball, UFC, and Formula 1.
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