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Green Bay Packers Don’t Use Franchise Tag on Aaron Jones

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Green Bay Packers have elected not to franchise tag star running back Aaron Jones before the deadline. This will allow Jones to become an unrestricted free agent.

Packers running back Aaron Jones has played the last year of his rookie contract and is looking for a new deal. Jones has been one of the league’s top backs and was mentioned to be a possible candidate for the franchise tag. However, that won’t be the case.

The franchise tag deadline has passed and the Packers decided not to use it. This makes Aaron Jones an unrestricted free agent and he will generate interest from the rest of the league.

In the past two seasons, Jones has generated 2,188 rushing yards on 437 carries with 25 rushing touchdowns. In the passing game, Jones totaled 96 receptions, 829 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

This year the franchise tag for a running back would have been above $11 million for the season. No other running back received the franchise tag before the 4 p.m. (EST) deadline.

Jones will be looking for a long-term deal and before the franchise tag deadline, he has been drawing interest from other teams. The Packers can still bring Jones back, but it’s starting to look like a possibility. However, Green Bay is attempting to re-sign him.

The Packers could look to their 2020 second-round selection AJ Dillon to lead the backfield. Also, Green Bay can choose to resign another unrestricted free agent running back, Jamaal Williams.

The NFL free agency start date is March 17 and the NFL Draft is on April 29, so we’ll have to wait and see how the Packers are going to solve their running back situation.

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Thorn

I don’t believe Aaron Jones wants to play in Green Bay. When you have interest from Miami, and you grew up in the south, Green Bay’s a tough sell.

The drafting of A.J. Dillon only makes sense if the plan was to lose Aaron Jones.

A salary cap of 182.5 million isn’t conducive to a lucrative Jones deal.

Aaron Jones was the only thing tying me to my former love of the Packers for 40 years of my life. Once he goes, it’ll be a very sad day for me.

Thorn

Well, it is great to be wrong. Glad I have someone to root for to keep my fading connection to the Packers until Murphy is gone.

Now, AJ Dillon’s selection looks super ridiculous.

As much as I love Aaron Jones, I’m shocked they gave him that deal. Way too much for a RB.

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