Aaron Jones is an excellent running back. That much is not in doubt. Jones tied for the NFL lead in rushing and total touchdowns in 2019, cracked 1,500 total yards from scrimmage, and generally was a stellar playmaker for the Green Bay Packers all year long.
In case you missed it, he is a running back, which means that he plays a position with a short shelf life and one that the Packers traditionally do not pay for. And with a new contract coming in for a top player at the position, Jones and his camp may now look for an even bigger paycheck when free agency rolls around in 2021.
That new deal came out of Carolina, where the Panthers just signed Christian McCaffrey to a massive contract extension. McCaffrey, who is entering his fourth year like Jones, could have received a fifth-year option for 2021 instead, but the team elected to lock him up through 2024 on this deal.
The contract will surely fan the flames of the running back value debate, but it is clear that the Panthers blew the top off the market for the position with this deal. Whether Jones can cash in on that market will remain to be seen, but if he does, odds are it will not be in Green Bay.
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey to sign 4-year, $64M extension - Cat Scratch Reader
The Panthers just gave out a massive deal to McCaffrey, setting a new record for running back money. Sure, he puts up big counting stats as a receiver, but he has never averaged more than nine yards per reception. By contrast, Aaron Jones averaged 9.7 last year.
(Oh and don’t forget: the Packers, who couldn’t stop the run last year, stuffed McCaffrey on the one-yard line with no time left to win in week nine.)
Former Vikings, Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson dies in car crash | ESPN
This is a sad day around the NFL, as the 36-year-old Jackson has passed away after a one-car incident on Sunday.
Billy Turner turning his ‘Kind Energy’ to COVID-19 relief | Packers.com
Our Peter Bukowski profiled Turner's community efforts midway through last season. Now the Packers guard is turning his attention to the COVID-19 pandemic by donating the proceeds from his non-profit foundation to purchase PPE for first responders and other needed supplies.
Former CFL sensation wants to be a 'catalyst' in Green Bay Packers' passing game | Packersnews.com (subscription)
What can Reggie Begelton bring to the Packers' offense? The former Lamar University star, who started as a walk-on and went undrafted, is used to having no expectations on him. Now he's hoping he can latch on and get a role in Green Bay for the upcoming season.
Analyzing Packers picks in Dane Brugler’s 7-round mock draft | Packers Wire
This mock finds the Packers grabbing an exciting receiver in the first, an up-and-coming tackle in the second, and an athletic tight end in the third.
Only in NOLA: Lonely Easter Bunny sings quarantine song & pops champagne | WGNO
I've been to Brennan's in New Orleans and seen the opening of a champagne bottle with a saber. But the singing Easter Bunny doing it on an abandoned Royal Street comes off as really creepy to me, like something out of Bioshock.
Finally, we at APC hope you’re finding a way to have as much fun in quarantine as these two did: