On March 14th, 2021, Green Bay Packers announced that they have decided to resign their running back, Aaron Jones. It is said that the deal is a four-year deal and is worth $48 million, with a $13 million signing bonus, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus. Jones, 26, who was a fifth-round pick by the Packers in 2017 out of UTEP and is one of the only two players in NFL history to post 3,000-plus yards rushing and 35-plus rushing touchdowns, with an average of 5-plus yards per carry in their first four seasons. After the announcement, he took to social media to express his emotions, he posted a picture with the caption “Let’s run it back #GoPackGo” showing his never ending gratitude and loyalty to the Packers.
Although he seemed to be thrilled, there was a mixed emotion coming from the fans and most of them, if not all, took to twitter. Most of them were mentioning how happy they are for him and expressing their gratitude to him as a player and congratulating him.
But others were more worried that the Packers were just wasting their time and it was an overall bad idea. Some were even worried about a possible burnout seeing that he’s been at this for a while and there are better and younger players per se to replace him.
In addition to this, researchers found that elite football athletes are easily subjected to burnout and it is widely recognizable in elite athletes. In conclusion, the only way to tell if this was a good or bad decision, is just to wait and see, because time always tells.
Naomi A.O. Ogbogbo