Packers’ Matt LaFleur ‘caught off guard’ by Aaron Jones, Josh Jacobs swap


Even Matt LaFleur had to catch his breath following the Packers’ dizzying game of running back musical chairs in NFL free agency.
When reflecting on the team’s offseason moves, the Packers coach said the decision to cut running back Aaron Jones as the team made room for former Raider Josh Jacobs wasn’t anticipated.
“It kind of caught me off guard, to be honest with you,” LaFleur said at last week’s annual league meetings via the Wisconsin State Journal.
“There were some other things in play, obviously with Aaron Jones, and I didn’t quite know how everything was going to go. It just happened really fast on that Monday.”
4 Aaron Jones #33 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. Getty Images
4 Matt LaFleur of the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Jones #33 celebrate after a touchdown in the second quarter of a game at Lambeau Field. Getty Images
As the legal tampering period of NFL free agency got underway in March, the Packers quietly dove into an active running back market, agreeing to terms with Jacobs on a four-year, $48 million deal.
Jones, who tallied 226 rushing yards and three touchdowns during the Packers’ two-game postseason run, was told shortly after he was being released.
He was reportedly asked to take a pay cut but declined.
4 Aaron Jones (33) walks off the field following a Packers game in January 2024. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con
4 The Packers agreed to terms with former Raiders running back Josh Jacobs in NFL free agency in March 2024. AP
Jones spent the past seven seasons with the Packers, who selected him in the fifth round (182nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
He went on to sign a one-year, $7 million deal with the Vikings, who are in the market for a quarterback following veteran Kirk Cousins’ departure for the Falcons in free agency.
The Packers will now face Jones twice a year as he remains in the NFC North.
As for Jacobs, a former first-round pick by the Raiders in 2019, he rushed for 805 yards on 233 carries for six touchdowns in 13 appearances last year.
He will now be paired with quarterback Jordan Love, who is coming off of a successful first year as the Packers’ starter in which he led them to a wild-card win over the Cowboys before losing a nail-biter to the 49ers in the divisional round.


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