Former Packers wide receiver James Jones believes Aaron Rodgers will eventually come on the same side with the Packers’ front office and play in Green Bay this season.
“I really think he will be there for training camp, this will be sorted out and I think the relationship between him and GM will be much better,” Jones told Colin Cowherd.
Jones said Rodgers is not as down on Packers general manager Brian Gutekinst as some people have made him to be, nor is Rodgers as unhappy with his contract as some people have made him to be.
“I talked to Aaron. I talk to him all the time. He has told me that it’s not about GM, it’s not about new money, it’s not about GM So when I hear everyone say, it’s about getting GM fired and these things, it’s not about that, ”he said. Jones.
So why is Rodgers not participating in the Packers’ mandatory minicamp this week?
“His No. 1 beef is a private conversation on the phone that I can not share with you,” Jones said.
The closest Jones would come to explaining what Rodgers is exactly upset about was an indication that Rodgers’ frustration with Packers cutie receiver Jake Kumerow is spreading to other players, which they have also released. Jones said Rodgers does not oppose drafting Jordan Love, but opposes cutting Kumerow, Jordy Nelson and other favorite teammates.
“It’s not about who you bring in, I can not control who you draft, I can not control who you bring into free agency. But what I would like some input on are the guys you let out of the building. You have guys like Jordy Nelson who are willing to take a pay cut to play, and you say, ‘No, get out of here’ anyway, ”Jones said. “I think it’s the guys coming out of the building that he’s seen walk out of the building and would still be in Green Bay and still could have helped win a championship.”
It may be too late to bring Kumerow or Nelson back, but Jones believes it is not too late for Gutekinst to convince Rodgers that the Packers will be a team he will play for in the future.