Former Packers wide receiver James Jones believes Aaron Rodgers will end up being on the same page with the Packers front office and playing Green Bay this season.
“I really believe he will be there for training camp, that will be sorted out, and I think the relationship will improve a lot between him and the GM,” Jones told Colin Cowherd.
Jones said Rodgers was not as unhappy with Packers general manager Brian Gutekinst as some people had claimed, and Rodgers was also not as unhappy with his contract as some people had claimed.
“I spoke to Aaron. I talk to him all the time. He told me it wasn’t about the general manager, the new money, the general manager. So when I hear everyone say it’s about getting the GM fired and those things, that’s not about that, ”Jones said.
So why isn’t Rodgers taking part in the Packers’ mandatory minicamp this week?
“Her # 1 beef is a private conversation over the phone that I can’t share with you,” Jones said.
Closest to Jones as to why Rodgers is upset was an indication that Rodgers’ frustration with the Packers cutting receiver Jake kumerow also extends to other players they have abandoned. Jones said Rodgers did not object to the drafting Jordan Love but opposes cutting Kumerow, Jordy Nelson and other favorite teammates.
“It’s not about who you bring, I can’t control who you pick up, I can’t control who you bring in free agency. But what I want a little advice 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’re like, ‘No, get out of here’ anyway, ”Jones said. “I think those are the guys coming out of the building, that he saw come out of the building and that he still wanted to be in Green Bay and could have helped win a championship.”
It might be too late to bring Kumerow or Nelson back, but Jones believes it’s not too late for Gutekinst to convince Rodgers that in the future the Packers will be a team he wants to play for.