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The Case for Paying Aaron Jones

Discussion in 'Green Bay Packers Fan Forum' started by Dantés, Mar 25, 2020.

Should the Packers Extend Jones (assumes he would accept contract comparable to the one mentioned)

Poll closed Apr 24, 2020.
  1. Yes

    73.7%
  2. No

    26.3%
  1. Heyjoe4

    Heyjoe4 Cheesehead

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    Agreed. At the same time, I’m not too worried about him having a “career” year. But yeah, guys have done that, signed pricey extensions, and then underperformed.
     
  2. Dantés

    Dantés Gute Loot

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    If he has a fantastic year, then I'll be happy for the Packers to benefit from it and then pick up a 3rd round comp. pick a year after he signs somewhere else.
     
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  3. Heyjoe4

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    I would be A-OK with that scenario. And it’s just because I think King is not a long-term answer at CB, even if all the cards fall right for him next year, a big if.
     
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    Many fans just underestimate the value of a good interior DL, always been like that, always will be.

    It‘s no coincidence they are pretty much the best paid position outside QB. Clark at age 24 still has his peak ahead of him, so not resigning him would be a disaster for the defense, even if it would be 18m+/year.
     
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  5. captainWIMM

    captainWIMM Cheesehead

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    My point was that while you consider the cap increasing when talking about Jones' contract you ignore the fact for some random reason in Clark's case.

    Bakhtiari had back issues last season but it's too early to consider them chronic at this point. The Packers should closely monitor the situation before offering him an extension though.

    Nelson being Rodgers' go-to-guy didn't stop the Packers moving on from him as well.

    In that case it should be an easy choice to let Jones walk away in free agency next offseason.
     
  6. Sunshinepacker

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    Then you misunderstood what I was saying. For Jones, I think he's as good as Ekler, so paying him a, let's call it "inflation adjusted", contract is fine.

    I don't think Clark's value on this team is worth an adjusted $18m+ per year.
     
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  7. gopkrs

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    Would love to have Jones around for a long time. Love the way he plays. Fun to watch. But I realize it has to come down to being able to field the best team possible. That is going to be true of all the positions. Management decisions of not overpaying but also keeping who you need. Both an art and a science.
     
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    I think you are greatly underestimating Clark’s contribution to the defense.
     
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  9. Sunshinepacker

    Sunshinepacker Cheesehead

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    No, I am judging the needs the team has elsewhere. Having two or three position groups become average is better than having one position be great.
     
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  10. Heyjoe4

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    Agreed, it’s not a glamorous position like QB or Edge rusher. The best ones, and Clark is one of the best, earn their sacks and QB hits, and just the disruption they create at the LOS.
     
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    Sign me up all day for 4 yrs 28 million for him. I doubt we get that though.
     
  12. gbgary

    gbgary Cheesehead

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    yup. it's taking on two guys, standing them up, and killing a play.
     
  13. Sunshinepacker

    Sunshinepacker Cheesehead

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    But does he account for weaker corners and receivers? It's not a vaccuum. You have to account for what he's costing the team elsewhere, that's my only point. Being elite at DT and below average at corner/ILB/WR isn't better than below average at DT but average at CB/ILB/WR. I also think a LT is more important than a DT and re-singing Clark probably means losing Bakhtiari.

    But I'll stop now, I initially brought this up as a thought and I've made my points. Clark will certainly be re-signed because it's easier and less risky for the GM.
     
  14. Heyjoe4

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    I think the market would show that Clark would command about $16 mil on a 4-year deal. We won’t know until next year, but that’s unlikely to change much. So just get the deal done.
     
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    LL who are you referring to? Both Clark and Jones have been discussed here. Thanks.
     
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    Jones, the title of the article. Unfortunately I think Clark is going to want a big amount with DeForest Buckner making bank with Indianapolis. Maybe not as much as him, but probably somewhere in the ballpark. Obviously Aaron Jones isn't going to get the Zeke 6 for 90 deal but I'm leaning more towards him getting 4 for 40.
     
  17. Heyjoe4

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    Got it.
     
  18. captainWIMM

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    The Packers moving on from Clark would result in the team having a terrible defensive line though.

    I agree that the Packers need to improve at other positions but they could create additional cap space by releasing Linsley and Taylor to make it work while not having to deal with a significant drop-off in performance which would likely happen by moving on from Clark.

    The team has enough cap space to extend Clark and re-sign Bakhtiari but might have to let Jones walk away in free agency next offseason. That would be the smart choice as it's way easier to adequately replace a running back though.

    There's no way the Packers should spend that much money to retain Jones.
     
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  19. Heyjoe4

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    I think you’re right - the Packers would keep Clark and Bak and let Jones walk. I don’t see how they afford all three. If Jones repeats his performance from last year, he’d likely get $10 mil/year. That’s just too much for a RB. I expect Gluten will take a RB, maybe two, in the draft. As for Clark and the crazy suggestion he’s a mediocre player or GB should look to trade him, that’s just nuts.
     
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    You're probably right. Until running backs demand more money for their first contract, it makes too much sense just to draft your guy.
     
  21. captainWIMM

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    Well, the new CBA doesn't include a significant spike in rookie salaries, therefore that won't happen for at least another 10 years.
     
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    yup. king have a "fantastic" year? to coin wimm, "i highly doubt it." it wouldn't take much for him to have a career year (for him) though considering what his career has been thus far. hell...starting all 16 games would be a career year.
     

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