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Aaron Jones re-signed with the Green Bay Packers on a four-year, $48 million contract this offseason without any guarantees that teammate Aaron Rodgers would be back alongside him.
The running back said Tuesday he didn’t speak to Rodgers before agreeing to the new deal, but he added that it wouldn’t have mattered, per Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Post-Gazette.
“This is home,” Jones said. “This is where I love to be.”
The 26-year-old has spent his entire four-year NFL career with the Packers and has especially been impressive the past two seasons with a combined 3,017 yards from scrimmage and 30 touchdowns. The fifth-round pick out of UTEP is a major reason the squad went 13-3 with a trip to the NFC Championship in each of the last two seasons.
Many expected the Pro Bowler to move on in free agency, especially with AJ Dillon waiting in the wings for Green Bay, but Jones’ return has helped make the Packers one of the Super Bowl favorites going into 2021.
This obviously depends on the status of Rodgers, who reportedly doesn’t want to return to the Packers because of his dissatisfaction with the front office, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported in April.
“It’s just kind of about a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go,” Rodgers explained Monday on SportsCenter. “It’s about character, it’s about culture, it’s about doing things the right way.”
Trading Rodgers would hurt the Packers’ chances of winning a title, but Jones appears comfortable moving forward with second-year quarterback Jordan Love.
“He’s gonna continue to grow, and I’m happy to be here working with him,” Jones said Tuesday.