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Rumor: Packers Safety Josh Jones Requests a Trade

Safety Josh Jones

Seth DeValve (87) makes a reception as Green Bay Packers strong safety Josh Jones (27) tackles him during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Per Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Josh Jones is asking the Packers to be traded.

Josh Jones, a second-round pick just two years ago, is skipping the Packers’ OTAs because he’s hoping to force a trade, a source told ESPN.

Jones has been working out in Florida with a trainer after he left the Packers’ offseason program about a month ago.

The source said Jones, who was the 61st overall pick in the 2017 draft, believes it would be best for both him and the Packers if they parted ways.

Bill Barnwell of ESPN wrote in early May that Josh Jones was the most likely player to be traded away:

The 2017 second-round pick has to be on notice after this offseason. Brian Gutekunst signed Adrian Amos from the Bears in free agency to take over at one safety spot and moved up to draft Darnell Savage Jr. with the 21st pick in the first round. Jones could figure as a third safety, but the Packers might prefer Tramon Williams in that role. The Packers could look to move Jones to a team looking for help against the run.

As Ed wrote yesterday, off-season moves by the Packers have put more pressure and competition between players on the safety position for next season. While Jones initially reported to workouts, Demovsky says that ESPN’s source indicated that he was been pushing for a trade for a while already.

I don’t particularly want to see him go, but professionally, his position on this issue makes a lot of sense. He is still young with plenty of untapped potential so he obviously wants to play with a team that can help him realize that potential. He hasn’t been with the team long enough yet to really have deep roots so he needs to look out for himself. Of course, he has already made his mark on the team by having two sacks in a game by a rookie defensive back.

Jones has expressed his frustration in the past with his role on the team. Once you factor in the Packers’ off-season moves with Amos and Savage, this seemed inevitable:

Someone on Twitter posted a screenshot of this exchange with Jones back in March:

Josh Josh - Twitter exchange with fan

Jason Parker

I'm Just Here So I Won't Get Fined



  1. Howard May 21, 2019

    This is the type of move that Drew Rosenhaus would promote and endorse. Sure enough guess who is Josh Jones’s agency. I guess it worked recently for Antonio Brown and Rosenhaus. Something tells me Jones does not have the NFL resume that Brown does.
    One thing I will say about Rosenhaus is he probably has gauged some interest from other teams for Jones before promoting Jones to stay away from OTAs. That does not mean the Packers will receive much value in return if they move Jones.

    1. PF4L May 21, 2019

      Maybe a 7th round pick and a happy meal Howard?
      The seemingly constant negative ramifications of the day to day life of the Green Bay Packers, seems to never, ever, end.
      It ain’t easy being a Packer fan my friend.
      Not that many years ago the Packers were highly respected around the league.
      Back in 2011 through 2014 people started bitching about the Packers wasting Rodgers career. Here we are….2019, the Packers have proved those people were spot on.

    2. Howard May 22, 2019

      I was thinking a conditional 7th and I guess a conditional happy meal. The other option would be to find a team that has a recent draft pick that isn’t working out with that team and trade players in hope that the move would fill a need, and the move to a new team/system would better fit the players skill set. You may have to cut that player later, but it would not be a lot different than receiving a conditional pick and happy meal.

  2. Deepsky May 21, 2019

    See, if the Packers subscribed to draft and develop instead of hiring free agents, this kind of stuff would never happen.

    1. PF4L May 21, 2019

      If the Packers weren’t so dysfunctional top to bottom, all kinds of stuff would never have happened.
      Another 2nd round pick warming the bench.

  3. Gute May 21, 2019

    Fuck him. No trade. Doesn’t show fine him and sideline him for the season. What a douche.

  4. shoebox84 May 21, 2019

    Great physical tools, but he is an idiot. Go back and watch the Carolina game from 2017 when Rodgers came back and we needed to win to stay alive – there was a play where Greg Olsen was in the end zone for a td and JJ was covering the beer guy in the stands. He is clueless. Get whatever you can for him or cut his clueless a$$.

    1. PF4L May 22, 2019

      You are correct shoebox….he is a serious liability in coverage. People talk about his run support, and that’s cool. BUT….that can’t be the only thing he brings to the table.

      Here is what worries me, what most people don’t talk about, or don’t want to talk about. Is the fact that through all these past draft picks, Gute has had a voice in draft selection. Especially….in the last few years i’m assuming.This is why i wanted someone from the outside as GM. Or maybe even Wolf. I think Wolf was eliminated because Murphy didn’t think Wolf would be a “yes man” to him.

      There is a reason why most of the talent that resided in the front office are no longer there. Those guys were smart, they saw the decline and left. The alpha males left, the subservient stayed.

  5. Kato May 21, 2019

    What a cock. Last time I checked, he didn’t play himself into a bigger role. Not under Capers. Not under Pettine. Maybe he simply isn’t that good?

  6. Mitch Anthony May 21, 2019

    Mr. Jones,

    You are in a rookie contract, you are really in no position to request/demand/suggest a trade. You haven’t proven yourself to have much awareness on the field (except for maybe the Cincy game in year one) at the position you were drafted in (S) and situational play at ILB doesn’t seem to fit you either. Really, now with this move you haven’t proven yourself to have much awareness for the role of an NFL rookie contract player either.

    The thing you do have going for you is that you are in a contract with a team that actually has a heart. The guy who picked your pissy ass in the 2nd round was kept around for a few too many years himself. Could they be a dick and park your whiny ass, which would hurt your value and future in the NFL? You bet they could. Could they try and trade you? Try…sure. At this juncture (compounded by your public displeasure) you ain’t worth all that much. Much better and more experienced safeties are still on the market. The team might just figure they are better off without a cancer and get rid of you, so you might have that going for you. They might just have to eat this and cut you if they can’t find some other team willing to give up next year’s 6th or 7th. My gosh, the guy taken right after you was Juju Smith-Schuster. Wow, what a find you were.

    I’ll say it again, low impulse control. Find a way to measure it and it would be more valuable than Wonderlic.

    1. PF4L May 22, 2019

      Yea Mitch….maybe his ceiling is a career special teamer. Much like what kept Jarrett Bush on the roster, thing is, Bush was a better player.

  7. Cheese May 22, 2019

    If this guy doesn’t have the confidence in himself to beat out a rookie and an average free agent signing then why the hell should anyone else? Put your head down, get to work, and shut the fuck up. Let your play do the talking. No one in the league has any reason to know your name thus far, other than all that hype after draft day.

    1. PF4L May 23, 2019

      That’s what good players do, they let their play do the talking. Then other people in turn tell them how good they are.
      People can also have false confidence, some will try to cover it up in false bravado. Any of these quotes sound familiar?
      “I’m gonna tear this league up”…(hint) money sign.
      “Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth”…no hint needed but he has one foot out the door already.
      “Aaron is a Hall of Famer, i’m not Aaron, i’m my own man and i will someday hopefully be in the HOF also”….Dude….you can’t get a starting QB gig, and your hanging onto a back up job by the skin of your teeth. Cabella’s is hiring.

  8. Empacador May 25, 2019

    Remember all the hype surrounding this guy when he was drafted 2 years ago? This off season kinda sounds the same with some of the new draft picks. To be fair, Jones did have that 1 huge game early his rookie season, never to be heard from again. I can’t wait to follow him after he is gone to see how his presence turns around whatever franchise is stupid enough to allow him to grace their field. After Nick Collins, the Packers have been embarrassingly shitty at finding let alone drafting competent players at the Safety position. You would think some of these professional teams would notice how bad the Packers have been at procuring Safety help and avoid their former players like the plague. I hear Benny Hill music in the background…

    1. Ferris May 25, 2019

      Now I have that Benny Hill music in my head…thanks a lot.

    2. Empacador May 26, 2019

      No problem Ferris! Look at it this way, now you don’t have to hear the voices in your head my man! Lol!