Aaron Jones takes responsibility, regrets mistake, accepts suspension

The NFL announced a two-game suspension for Aaron Jones for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. The Packers running back said on Twitter he takes responsibility, regrets his mistake and accepts the suspension.

The NFL announced my suspension today, Jones wrote. I accept it, take responsibility for it, and regret the mistake that I made during the 2017 season which led to the punishment. I’ve let down my family, teammates, coaches, the Packers’ front office, Packers’ fans, UTEP, UTEP fans, and the communities of El Paso and Green Bay. I apologize to all impacted and promise that this will never happen again and when I touch the field again it’s going to be special.

During the divisional era, there have been just 16 players to crack double digits in fWAR. Only once during that span have two players done it in the same season: In 2001, Barry Bonds (12.5) and Randy Johnson (10.4) both got there. At the moment, there are three players on pace to do it in 2018. There’s Trout, of course, who is currently on a 12.2 WAR trajectory. But Jose Ramirez (10.3) and Max Scherzer (10.2) are on target, too. Sure, it probably won’t last, but don’t lose track of Mookie Betts (9.2), whose pace took a hit when he was on the disabled list. But if he doesn’t miss anymore time and keeps doing what he’s doing, he can get there as well.

Vick believes Jones makes the Falcons’ offense go.

I think he is a guy that Matt Ryan has to have. Him and Mohamed Sanu. But definitely, they complement each other. Julio opens everything up, Vick said.

Whether the Falcons are in the mood to give Jones more money when he still has three years left on his current deal remains to be seen. But Vick thinks Jones is the kind of player a team has to keep happy.

Several teams that have the big midlevel — the Knicks, Spurs, Grizzlies, maybe the Magic and Jazz — should leverage this environment to sign good players to longer-term deals. We tend to laud short-term deals as wins for teams. Think of Tyreke Evans last season or Atlanta’s initial two-year, $19 million deal for Paul Millsap in 2013. But as those deals expire, we all go, Man, wouldn’t it be nice to have that player on that salary for another year or two?

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