The Green Bay Packers made a big announcement on Tuesday involving a big price tag. Of course, it wasn’t a franchise tag or contract for running back Aaron Jones, but instead details about the team’s ticket plans for the upcoming season.
Hopefully, fans can be in the stands at somewhere close to full capacity — something that will surely be determined by the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months. Of course, the Packers have contingency plans for season ticket holders if they are unable to be at full capacity, while also coming up with a pretty reasonable approach to dealing with the 17th game for the two ticket plans.
Oh, and Jones? There’s some news about him too. Notably, that news consists of the fact that he isn’t tagged and that the Packers now have five days to come to an agreement with him on a long-term contract before he can start talking to other teams.
Will that happen? It seems unlikely, but the Packers have made a deal with his agent before in similar circumstances. It will be unfortunate if he does depart in free agency, but after all, the NFL is a business for both teams and players.
Packers keep general seating ticket prices flat for 2021 season | Packers.com
The Packers will not change ticket prices from their 2020 levels, a good move since there were no fans in seats for the regular season. Additionally, the Gold Package will get the first extra game when Green Bay hosts a 17th game, with the Green package getting the preseason game; the two packages will swap in future years.
Green Bay Packers decline to use franchise tag on Aaron Jones | Packersnews.com
We know about this, but there is some additional information and history contained here that informs the negotiations for a potential long-term contract. In particular, the Packers and Jones' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have played this dance before with Sam Shields, who signed with the Packers during the legal tampering period in 2014.
Does no tag mean no future for Aaron Jones with the Packers? - ESPN
As we've discussed before here, the Packers and Jones seem to be far apart on guaranteed money, not the total value of the contract.
The many sides of the Aaron Jones situation | Packers Wire
Zach Kruse looks at a whole bunch of different angles to the unfortunate situation, including the fact that not tagging Jones is almost certainly the best thing for him.
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Chidobe Awuzie could be a great pickup as a second-tier cornerback. A few of us were fans of him during his draft year, and he's still just 25.
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