August 2, 2021

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Packers fans know Aaron Jones’ true value

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Packers fans know Aaron Jones’ true value

Not a question, but a comment: Props to Brett for adding the (Iowa) next to Bryan Bulaga in his lifetime Packers team submission. I chuckled.

I’d publish anything Brett writes, but that guaranteed he was making it in.

Christian from Ontario, CA

Should everyone be excited or EXCITED for the once-in-a-lifetime season?

I think I’m more ANXIOUS than EXCITED.

Insiders, there’s still plenty of uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season, from the number of regular season games to roster size and beyond. All we can do – besides fretting obsessively – is putting our heads down and plug along, assuming we are still gainfully employed, and let the dice fall as they will. Or else?

Like I said before, just do your small part. Be smart. Be courteous. I’m glad we’re getting to the point where masks are becoming more widely accepted. Because it’s the most non-partisan issue of this entire debate. We can all get back to arguing with each other once we put our masks on.

Steve from Bloomington, IL

With players from MLB and other sports opting out of their seasons, any idea how teams and the NFL will handle any players who opt out? Is it safe to assume that they would be granted permission or would this be treated like a holdout – potential fines, etc.?

I haven’t seen a firm proposal on how the league will handle that yet but I can’t see it giving those individuals any grief about it. Each player has to make the best decision for himself and his family, and every situation is different. From a personal standpoint, I’d say create a special exempt list for this year to open up the roster spot.

Pretend salary cap implications did not matter, what one free agent would you have liked to see join the Packers this offseason?

Byron Jones. I fell in love with Jones as a prospect at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine and his skills have translated into being a top-tier cornerback. Cory Littleton is a lot of fun, too. I think he’ll be a great addition for the Raiders’ defense.

Andrew from Green Bay, WI

What in the world were the Chiefs thinking? A $503 million contract. No one is worth that kind of money. How do you think this will affect the NFL and future players’ contracts?

It’ll certainly help quarterbacks. Eight years ago, the NFL salary cap was $120 million. This past year, it was $198 million. That’s a 60-percent spike in eight years. The cap has been consistently rising $10 million each year. Assuming this COVID-19 storm passes, I have no reason to believe it’ll hurt Kansas City’s ability to build around Patrick Mahomes over the next decade.

Dan from Morehead City, NC

I see the NFL cancelled the supplemental draft. I had heard there were quite a few players who might have been able to be drafted this year had some potential. What happens to those players, are they free agents?

They enter into the pool of available players for the 2021 NFL Draft next April. It was the right call by the league. It could’ve gotten really tricky with all this uncertainty looming over college football.

When some friends, my wife and I took the Lambeau tour a few years ago, the tour guide mentioned that there have been times when the Atrium was rented out for a couple divorce parties. I don’t know if he was just pulling our collective legs or not, but I have attended a couple in my younger day, and believe me a divorce was the best choice for those folks.

Yikes. I Googled it and sure enough, they actually exist. I don’t know whether to offer my sympathy or congratulations.

Divorce parties are bachelor parties 10-20 years later.

I’ll take your word for it.

Hi Wes, does your wife read II? Did your interest in divorce parties get you in trouble?

She does not. But if she happens to today…I love you, dear.

Wes, I pray you never have to host a divorce party. But if you are ever invited to one, make sure there are no cameras and bring your own root beer. What, not who, do you consider the biggest challenge facing the Packers if they are to make the playoffs in 2020?

Injuries (and also illness, I suppose). The Packers had an ideal 2019 in terms of key players staying healthy. It’s hard to fathom Green Bay getting that fortunate again, but this is a really talented football team if its Pro Bowlers and core players can stay on the field. With the way Brian Gutekunst has built this thing, I’d put the upside of the top 10-12 players on this roster up against any team in the NFL. As long as those players stay healthy, I expect the Packers to contend.

Lighten up Francis, I was complimenting you. Us readers are not entertaining. And gumption is not the word to use there. The better application would have been audacity, gall, or nerve.

A friend of mine challenged me to work gumption into Inbox last week and your submission seemed like the perfect one to waste it on. But given your advanced vernacular, Francis from Green Bay encourages you to partake in next year’s Outsider Inbox.

Thank you to Al from Arvada, CO for the partial quote from my favorite Bible verse 2 Corinthians 12:9. It’s always good to be reminded to have perspective and who is in control. I’m currently sitting with my best friend/coworker (who is unfortunately a Cowboys fan) preparing to take full control of our company as he has brain surgery for tumors. I’m looking forward to having sports to watch again.

All the best to both of you. Sending positive vibes his way.

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