Sport Brian Gutekunst: We certainly could franchise tag Aaron Jones

06:55  03 march  2021
06:55  03 march  2021 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Running back Aaron Jones has been a major contributor to Green Bay’s offense over the last few years, particularly since Matt LaFleur took over as head coach. Jones has rushed for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, recording 1,459 yards from scrimmage and 11 total touchdowns in 2020. I think he’s such an important part of our offense this year, he’s a dynamic player. He’s absolutely everything we want in a professional football player,” General Manager Brian Gutekunst said on Monday, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “So we ’d certainly like to bring him back.”

Brian Willis Gutekunst is an American football executive who is currently the general manager for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Gutekunst was born on July 19, 1973, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Packers don’t often use the franchise tag, having last implemented it in 2010 on defensive lineman Ryan Pickett. Green Bay is the only team that hasn’t used the tag from 2011-2020.

In his Tuesday press conference, General Manager Brian Gutekunst said there isn’t an organizational philosophy against tagging players. And with running back Aaron Jones about to become an unrestricted free agent, Green Bay may use either the franchise or transition tag to keep him in Wisconsin.

“We certainly could. I think it’s something we’re working through,” Gutekunst said. “I think, again, it’s not a philosophical thing to avoid it. I do think there’s usually better ways to go about it. But certainly if I think as we get down the road here over the next week or so, if that becomes what’s in the best interest of the Packers, I think we’ll do that. But at this point, we haven’t done that.”

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The Packers could use either tag on RB Aaron Jones , who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. Tuesday represents the first opportunity for the Green Bay Packers to use the franchise or transition tag on players with expiring contracts. General manager Brian Gutekunst has until March 9 to determine whether either tag makes sense for the Packers, a team that hasn’t used a tag since 2010.

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst traded two key veterans Tuesday, but insists his 2018 team can still do big things. On Wednesday, Gutekunst made it clear the Packers are as committed as ever to winning in 2018 and that he believes the moves won’t weaken his current club whatsoever. “First of all, that really doesn’t happen in the NFL,” Gutekunst said when asked about tanking. “I know that in other leagues you’ve seen some of that, but that’s certainly not the case here.

Jones was selected for his first Pro Bowl in 2020, after rushing for 1,104 yards and nine touchdowns in the regular season. He also caught 47 passes for 355 yards with a pair of TDs.

Jones and Jamaal Williams will both become unrestricted free agents in a couple weeks. But last year’s second-round pick A.J. Dillon could take on a larger role if Green Bay elects to move on from its top two backs in 2020.

Brian Gutekunst: We certainly could franchise tag Aaron Jones originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

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Munich / Green Bay - Aaron Jones delivered, no question. © imago images / Icon SMI Jones Day The 26-year-old had 1,104 rushing as well as 355 receiving yards and a total of eleven touchdowns in the past season. In the regular season, only Jonathan Taylor (1,169), Dalvin Cook (1,557) and Derrick Henry (2,027) managed more rushing yards than the five-round pick from 2017. Head Coach Matt LaFleur praised him as the "epitome of a team player".

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