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Ex-teammate gives big hint about Aaron Rodgers’ beef with Packers

Aaron Rodgers

James Jones is one of the few people who seem to have real insight into why Aaron Rodgers is unhappy with the Green Bay Packers, and the former wide receiver offered a strong hint about the situation this week.

Jones, who was teammates with Rodgers for eight seasons and remains close with him, reiterated on “The Herd w/ Colin Cowherd” Tuesday that he believes the issues between Rodgers and the Packers are “fixable.” He also said Rodgers does not want general manager Brian Gutekunst fired and that the quarterback’s frustrations are “not just about this season.”

According to Jones, Rodgers has been frustrated for years with the Packers parting ways with certain veteran players.

“He wants to keep some of the guys who have been in that building and helped the team win, whether or not you think they may be done. … It goes back to the Charles Woodsons, the Clay Matthews’, the Julius Peppers’, the Jordy Nelsons, the James Jones’. He just wants to make sure a lot of guys like that that who may not be scoring 15 touchdowns or getting 15 sacks or 15 interceptions, but these dudes are big in the locker room for the young fellas. They’re key parts of this team to go (try) to win a championship,” Jones said.

Cowherd then mentioned how Rodgers has a right to be upset with the way the Packers have drafted, as they tend to use early picks on players they know could take several years to develop. You can understand why that might bother a 37-year-old quarterback, but Jones insists that is not Rodgers’ biggest beef with Green Bay.

“I think for him the most important thing is it’s not about who you’re bringing in,” Jones said. “I can’t control who you draft. I can’t control who you bring in (via) free agency. But what I do want a little input on is the guys that you are letting out of the building. When you’ve got guys like Jordy Nelson who are willing to take a pay cut to play, and you’re saying no get out of here anyway, sometimes that can tick you off a little bit.”

You can hear Jones’ full comments below:

Rodgers was openly irritated three years ago when the Packers cut Nelson. He also made it clear that same offseason that he was unhappy with a certain coaching change.

We mentioned earlier this offseason that Rodgers’ frustration with the Packers has been brewing for a while. It’s unclear if there was a specific move that put him over the edge, but that is why the feud may be a difficult one to resolve.

The Packers have done things a certain way for years, and they’ve been one of the most consistent franchises in football because of it. They aren’t going to just change their entire philosophy for a 37-year-old player, which probably explains why they traded up to draft Jordan Love last year.

Rodgers officially began his holdout on Tuesday by not reporting to minicamp. One line of thinking is that the Packers could be daring him to not show up.

Ex-teammate explains why Aaron Rodgers-Packers situation is ‘fixable’

Aaron Rodgers

The situation between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers does not appear to have improved at all in the past week, but one of the quarterback’s former teammates believes it can eventually be resolved.

James Jones, who was teammates with Rodgers in Green Bay from 2007-2013 and again in 2015, said on Thursday that he views the relationship between Rodgers and the Packers as “fixable.” The NFL Network analyst said he speaks with Rodgers frequently, so his opinion is an informed one.

“I speak with Aaron all the time. It has nothing to do with getting the GM fired. It has nothing to do with a new contract and getting money … I think it’s fixable,” Jones said, via Zach Kruse of Packers wire.

A report this week claimed Rodgers will not return to the Packers as long as Brian Gutekunst is the general manager. Jones doesn’t think that is true. Jones also isn’t buying any talk that Rodgers wants more money or a new contract.

So what’s the problem? Rodgers lost trust in management when they did not consult him before trading up to draft quarterback Jordan Love last year. Jones said at the time that he was confident the Rodgers-Love dynamic would work, but the decision clearly bothered Rodgers.

Ex-Packers linebacker AJ Hawk, who is also still friends with Rodgers, seemed less confident that Rodgers will return to Green Bay.

“It’s going to be an uphill battle to figure out the rift. It may take some time,” Hawk told NFL Network, per Kruse. “I don’t know if it’s something they can salvage, but I’m very hopeful they can.”

At this point, there is little consensus among former Packers players about how the Rodgers situation will turn out. Brett Favre also shared his thoughts on the drama this week. You can read them here.

Ex-Packers WR confident Aaron Rodgers-Jordan Love dynamic will work

Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers using a high draft pick on a quarterback led many to speculate that the clock could be ticking on Aaron Rodgers, but one former teammate of Rodgers thinks that the two signal callers will get along just fine.

Speaking on Sunday with Josh Moser of WLUK, ex-Packers receiver James Jones expressed confidence that Rodgers would be able to make it work with Jordan Love, whom the Packers drafted in the first round at No. 26 overall.

“Me knowing Aaron, Aaron is confident in his abilities,” said Jones. “He feels like he’s the best player, the best quarterback in the world. So he’s not worried about somebody coming in there and taking his position … He’s not gonna go in there and be like, ‘I’m not gonna help this young kid, just because this young kid’s been drafted, and he’s behind me, and we play the same position.’

“I think the relationship is gonna be unbelievable,” added Jones. “And I’ve spoken with Aaron a bunch of times about this situation happening.”

Jones, who was teammates with Rodgers on the Packers for eight seasons, also drew a comparison to how the former MVP himself arrived in Green Bay as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart behind the revered Brett Favre.

Now that the shoe is on the other foot however, Rodgers is already offering his full support to the 21-year-old Love. At the same time, Rodgers, despite the fact that he will turn 37 later this year, seems poised to approach the season with the belief that he will not be beat out for the starting job any time soon.

Suns GM James Jones upset about Devin Booker All-Star snub

Devin Booker

The 2020 NBA All-Star teams were finalized and announced on Thursday, and Devin Booker was widely regarded as the biggest snub. The Phoenix Suns definitely feel that way.

Suns general manager James Jones issued a brief statement in response to Booker’s snub.

“I’ve played with and against multiple All-Stars in this league and Devin Booker is undoubtedly an NBA All Star,” Jones said in his statement.

He is right; Booker should be an All-Star.

Booker is averaging 27.1 points and 6.4 assists per game on 51 percent shooting. No player who has put up the kind of season Booker is has ever previously been snubbed.

It’s very easy to complain about a snub, but what’s more difficult — and necessary — is sharing who the snub should have replaced. Booker should have been selected ahead of Chris Paul and/or Russell Westbrook. He’s having a better season than either of them but being penalized because he was drafted by a team that has proven incapable of building a winning roster.

The full list of reserves includes:

West: Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, Brandon Ingram, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul

East: Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Ben Simmons, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo, Domantas Sabonis

Aaron Rodgers’ former teammate releases reported contract figures

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are reportedly finalizing a contract extension that will make the two-time NFL MVP the highest-paid player in league history, and the contract figures are probably right around what you expected.

James Jones, a former Packers wide receiver who played with Rodgers and now works for the NFL Network, has been told that Rodgers is getting a four-year extension on top of the two he has remaining on his current deal. In total, his contract will include more than $100 million in guarantees, which is roughly the same as what Matt Ryan got with his mega-extension with the Atlanta Falcons.

Rodgers had said previously that he is open to structuring his contract in a non-traditional way, but it seems as though the Packers were content to just set the market with arguably the best quarterback in the league. The extension will keep Rodgers in Green Bay through 2023, which will take him to age 40.

Three-time NBA champ, LeBron’s comrade James Jones has retired

LeBron James’ favorite teammate, James Jones, has retired from playing in the NBA. He’ll be joining the Phoenix Suns as Vice President of Basketball Operations.

The Suns’ team website shared the news.

“There is still a lot of work to be done to reach our ultimate goal of bringing a championship to Phoenix so we are thrilled to add James Jones to our staff,” said General Manager Ryan McDonough. “James has a wealth of experiences that will greatly benefit our organization. He is a three-time NBA Champion and has been one of the top executives with the National Basketball Players Association over the past few years. We welcome ‘Champ’ and his family to our Phoenix Suns family.”

The Cavaliers’ nickname for Jones was “Champ.” He won three NBA titles, all alongside LeBron James (two in Miami, one in Cleveland). Jones, a second-round pick in 2003, played 14 years in the NBA.

Jones played three of the best years of his career in Phoenix, from 2005-08. He averaged a career-high 9.3 points per game in 2005-06.

Naturally, people are wondering how LeBron is going to get by with his good buddy no longer by his side.

Packers reportedly have ‘no interest’ in re-signing James Jones


Those Wisconsin winters are going to be a lot colder without the hoodie.

According to a report by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday, the Green Bay Packers are showing “no interest” in re-signing wide receiver James Jones and have informed his agent that they do not intend to bring back the 31-year-old.

Jones recorded 890 receiving yards and eight touchdowns for the Packers in 2015, appearing in all 16 games. Jones’ season was also memorable for his sense of fashion, namely the hooded sweatshirt he rocked on the gridiron on numerous occasions, even going so far as tocal it his “good luck charm.”

While Jones himself asserts that he’s coming off the best season of any free agent receiver, the Packers are getting Jordy Nelson back from a torn ACL and still need to find targets for Randall Cobb. Meanwhile, Jeff Janis, Jamel Johnson, Davante Adams, and Ty Montgomery (all age 24 or younger) also loom on the roster with this surplus of young receivers being the main reason why Green Bay is uninterested in bringing back Jones, according to Silverstein.

Jones, the nine-year veteran, definitely rebuilt his value this past season, but it remains to be seen if the market will look at him as much more than a system receiver.

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H/T Rotoworld

James Jones argues he had best season of any free agent receiver


James Jones is facing free agency again, and he’s already begun to talk himself up a bit in the hopes of finding a nice landing spot.

Jones told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday that he would have liked to go back to Green Bay, but with that seeming unlikely, thinks he deserves a long look on the open market.

“I was hoping it would go be back to Green Bay, but I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Jones said, via Conor Orr of NFL Media. “Like I said before, I would love to finish my career as a Green Bay Packer, but we all know this business is extremely crazy so it looks like I’m going to hit the open market again so we’ll see what’s going to happen and hopefully I get a little more action this time.

“I’m hearing a lot of these receivers names being called and people are trying to brush over my name, and I had one of the best seasons out of all these guys that are free agents.”

Jones did, indeed, catch more touchdowns than most of his contemporaries, but that was in Green Bay, where virtually all of his success has been over the course of his career. His one year in Oakland was subpar, though it’s debatable how much of that is his fault. Still, he hasn’t proven that he’s more than a beneficiary of Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s offensive system, which could cause some executives to tap the brakes. On the other hand, Green Bay’s offense had some issues of its own this season and Jones still posted solid numbers, so that may warrant consideration.

Maybe if he has his lucky hoodie with him, things will go better wherever he goes.

James Jones stays rocking his hoodie


Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones began wearing a hoodie underneath his uniform as the weather got colder this season, but apparently he wears the sweatshirt for more than just warmth.

During an appearance on SportsCenter Sunday, Jones was rocking a hoodie underneath his suit.

And this wasn’t just any hoodie — it was a sleeveless hoodie.

Remember what Jones said about the hoodie before Green Bay’s playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals? Apparently that applies to everyday life as well.

James Jones calls his hoodie ‘a good luck charm’

James Jones hoodie

Whenever he’s battling opposing secondaries and extending plays for Aaron Rodgers in the blistering cold, Packers wide receiver James Jones in his hooded sweatshirt is an impossible sight to miss. The hoodie first blessed us with its presence in a mid-November game against the Vikings, with Jones wearing it under his jersey, claiming it to be a safeguard against the frigid Minnesota winter. Since then, Jones has sported it intermittently on gameday, often weather-dependent. Now he appears once and for all to be fully embracing the hoodie for the mystical superpowers it seems to confer upon him.

Appearing Wednesday on Around the NFL, the 31-year-old receiver revealed that he will continue to sport the beloved piece of apparel in Saturday’s Divisional Round game against the Cardinals despite the sunny conditions slated for kickoff.

“I wear the hoodie in practice. They always say practice how you play. So I said I’m going to wear the hoodie out in the game,” said Jones per Chris Wesseling of “I guess it’s like a good luck charm now, but it all started off just to keep me warm.”

Jones finished the 2015 regular season with 890 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. But even he can’t deny that playing with the hoodie (as opposed to playing without it) turns him into a whole ‘nother beast (as this recent graphic from NFL Network illustrates):

Come this weekend, both Jones and the Packers are going to be hoping that it’s all good in the hood.