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It seems hard to believe, but there was a time this offseason where an Aaron not named Rodgers was the biggest story in Green Bay. Re-signing running back Aaron Jones to a four-year, $48 million deal was arguably the Packers’ biggest offseason move, in a year where they didn’t bring in any new free agents.
Jones went on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Thursday to discuss the Packers’ offseason, and was predictably asked several questions about Aaron Rodgers, who reportedly wants out of Green Bay. In a bit of a twist, Jones dished on Rodgers’ surprisingly close relationship with Jordan Love, the quarterback the Packers drafted to replace him (and has ostensibly been the source of Rodgers’ discontent).
“You see him working with Jordan every day, all day, trying to teach him as much as he can,” Jones said. “That’s the cool thing about A-Rod.
“Maybe it might be a play, and what he saw if it was the first read or the second read or the third read, maybe a little bit on the mechanics side of it, he just goes into so many different things. Or, it could be the sound of the cadence, trying to get them jumping off sides, little things. He’s just trying to better the players around him, truly.”
Rodgers has reportedly been frustrated with Packers GM Brian Gutekunst for many reasons, one of them being the Love draft pick. According to Jones, though, his frustration hasn’t stopped him from getting close to his heir apparent.
Jones said he had been in touch with Rodgers when he signed his deal, and that Rodgers had also checked in on him at another point in the offseason. As for whether or not the reigning MVP will return to the Packers in 2021, however, Jones is just as in the dark as everyone else.
“I’m just sitting back, I see what everybody else sees, I haven’t heard from Aaron or anybody so I’m going to wait until I get up to Green Bay and see for myself or hear it from him myself,” Jones said. “I don’t get caught up in reading articles and things like that, I’ll just wait until it plays out and control what I can control.”
“We all want A-Rod back in Green Bay, I think that’s obvious. He’s a great leader, a great player, and a great person off the field, just somebody to learn from. He probably believes in you more than you believe in yourself when you first come in. He just helps players develop. I love having him around, and I hope he continues to be my quarterback.”
“So what the hell is happening?” Eisen asked Jones. He responded aptly:
“I have no clue.”
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