Five days after wide receiver James Jones agreed to a deal with the Green Bay Packers, terms of his contract finally became available today.
According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jones' three-year contract is worth $9.4 million with $3.75 million in first-year pay.
"Jones’ contract had a $1.5 million signing bonus plus a $1.3 million base salary and $950,00 roster bonus for this year, for a $3.75 million first-year total," writes Dougherty. "Next year he’ll make a $2.3 million base salary and $200,000 roster bonus ($2.5 million total), and in 2013 he’ll make a $2.95 million base salary and $200,000 roster bonus ($3.15 million total)."
It's been speculated that it took so long for the specifics of Jones' contract to become public that it was probably underwhelming.
With a deal averaging slightly more than $3 million per year, Jones is making perhaps slightly less than most anticipated.
Jones had said in an interview with the Press-Gazette that he "wasn't out there chasing the money" and expressed satisfaction about being in Green Bay.
While one might infer that he was putting on a good face for the media, he can take solace that a couple of his teammates lobbied on his behalf and the Packers' management thought enough about him to bring him back, which didn't happen to several other players who were either released or left via free agency.
As long as Jones can stay healthy and productive, he figures to have at least one more chance at free agency in three more years, though he now faces the challenge of joining an even deeper receiving corps than a year ago with the addition of second-round draft choice Randall Cobb.
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