I don’t think there has been a general manager in the history of the National Football League who has made a decision based on the opinion of a star player … save maybe Brett Favre’s influence over Mike Sherman – and we all know how that ended.
But when Aaron Rodgers came out publicly Tuesday saying that Ted Thompson needs to look toward the James Jones camp and make an overture to the free agent and to do it now, we again don’t feel it will sway Thompson one way or the other.
If Thompson has already made up his mind, and my guess is that is the case, he needs to stick to it. If that decision is to pursue Jones to keep the cadre of receivers from the championship together for at least one more season, then Rodgers will be pleased.
If his decision is to let him walk, I think Rodgers will be disappointed, but will accept it. After all, even with the loss of Jones, the Packers still have a formidable group with Jennings, Driver, Nelson, Finley and the new guy on the block, Randall Cobb. We could also throw Brett Swain into the mix and who knows if any of the undrafted players signed today will make an impact.
In other words, despite what Rodgers says, Jones is dispensible. Yes he contributed greatly to the team last year, but can they get the same kind of production out of the players currently signed? Yeah.
We’re surprised by Rodgers’ statement … though when you’re the Super Bowl MVP, I guess you can say what you like. If we are to provide any advice to Mr. Rodgers, we would like to say that he should start looking toward tossing the ball around the yard to the receivers he has in camp.
Ultimately, he will do that … whether it’s to James Jones is entirely up to Thompson … regardless of how Rodgers feels.