Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and, with negotiations on a potential extension currently transpiring, he disclosed his intentions to remain with the franchise for the entirety of his career.
"Whether it's my first year or my last year on a deal, I'm going to be just as motivated," Jones told Packers reporters on Wednesday. "It doesn't change just because a contract is on the line for me. I mean, I'm going to continue to work and do everything in my power. I trust my agency and the Packers. With that, I would love to be a lifelong Packer. That's my take on that."
While we admire Jones' ambition, we seriously doubt his wish will be granted.
This viewpoint isn't an indictment on Jones. It mostly derives from what the Packers' recent moves have taught us. For starters, they used a second-round pick on Boston College tailback AJ Dillon in the 2020 Draft. If that doesn't say that Green Bay doesn't see a long-term future for the 25-year-old star, then nothing does.
Just because both sides have entered contract negotiations, that doesn't necessarily mean an agreement will get done. Even if it does, there's zero chance that Jones will finish his career as a Packer. Whether it be a three-or four-year deal, he'd likely play out that extension and head elsewhere afterwards.
The NFL is a business first and foremost. Jones' adoration for the Packers is commendable, but it's highly unlikely that they cater to his preferences. That just doesn't happen for running backs, especially in today's day and age.