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Rodgers: James Jones Top Priority

James Jones

Jones doesn't appear to be in demand, except with Aaron Rodgers.

Green Bay Packers quarterback [intlink id=”25″ type=”category”]Aaron Rodgers[/intlink] has a lot of weapons, but he clearly wants to keep one around everyone expected to leave as a free agent.

Rodgers put out the call for general manager [intlink id=”20″ type=”category”]Ted Thompson[/intlink] to get receiver James Jones back in the fold, Tuesday. He wasn’t subtle, either.

“James is extremely talented and he’s a guy that I think we need to bring back without a doubt,” Rodgers said. “He should be priority No. 1 and I mean that with all my heart. He really should be priority No. 1. We don’t win the Super Bowl without him and we need him.”

Asked about Jones’ well-documented drops last season, Rodgers said: “Physical mistakes can happen. Yeah, it’s frustrating, but James made a ton of big plays for us [last] season and I think his best football is in front of him.”

Despite Rodgers’ words, it’s doubtful Thompson agrees.

It’s understood the Packers top free agent priority is kicker Mason Crosby and everyone knows Thompson doesn’t take player input into account when making personnel decisions.

Just ask Brett Favre.

The Packers won’t overpay for Jones. If it so happens a market doesn’t develop for him or if he accepts what Thompson considers a fair contract, it’s possible Jones could return, although those scenarios don’t appear likely.

With his comments, Rodgers probably just made Jones richer.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. ay hombre July 27, 2011

    JJ needs to take a shitty deal and have his first complete season as a starter. With his reputation for drops being mentioned at every turn, JJ’s goal should be to get a short term deal and then CATCH THE BALL!!

    Personally I think he’s gone…and should be but it’s not in his best interest to go long term with his stigma as a dropper…which is deserved.

  2. Taryn July 27, 2011

    Aaron, stick to your job and let TT do his.

    How many passes did you throw to him that should have been as easy as a hand-off and he dropped.

    I get the he’ll improve theory,but not at #1 money from us.

    You’ll always have a depth of WRs to throw to,relax and just play QB.

  3. Kirby July 27, 2011

    With Finley coming back, Driver and Nelson healthy, Jennings at the top of his game, and now Cobb and D.J. Williams joining the receiving corps there is no room for Jones in the equation…I love Jones (have the same exact bday as me 3/31/84) but the guy drops way too many sure TD’s and will command too high a salary to keep around! It was nice while it lasted James and best of luck for the future!

  4. Randy R July 27, 2011

    OH OH….Is Rodgers going the way of Brett Favre?..Remember Brett telling Ted to sign R Moss, and S Mariucci?. …Aaron…Back in 2005. Someone (Farve) “questioned” Ted’s decision to draft you. But guess what, Ted was right. Aaron, dont be a Favre.

  5. ay hombre July 27, 2011

    Totally agree with everyone’s sentiments here. I love ARodge and there’s nothing wrong with going to bat for a teammate, but his comments can’t help on any level. If anything he simply strengthens JJ’s (agent’s) position in commanding more money, which in turn lessens our chances of him coming back.

  6. guysocke July 27, 2011

    It would be funny if running him out of town by driving up his price was his end game here. He has a lot of upside – minus the drops – but we will be fine without him. I for one am tired of seeing Aaron swing towards the backfield with his hands on the back of his helmet wondering why the pass he just threw didn’t make it to the house.

  7. guysocke July 27, 2011

    *perfect pass

  8. iltarion July 27, 2011

    Great effin call- Troy Aikman after Jones dropped the sure TD before halftime against Philly- “Aaron Rodgers couldn’t have delivered the ball any better if he had walked out there and handed it to him.”

    I would love for Jones to stick around. It will all depend on the price. Fortunately, he made enough mistakes in big games to scare a lot of teams off.

    Jones was the first WR that A-Rodge had any chemistry with. He should stick up for his boy. I don’t think his comments do anything to raise interest in other teams. They were already interested by now, or they aren’t.

  9. Randy R July 27, 2011

    Funny thing is…There doesnt seem to be any “buzz” over JJ around the league. Which is fine with me, i’d like to keep him. But Aaron..The louder you build this guy up, the more people might listen to you, zip it..maybe he’ll stay at a discount. This guy made the greatest catches ive seen, he’s fast, can run after the catch, strong….misses the lob passes at the #’s…so what…lets keep him.