When Packers wide reciever James Jones hit the free agent market last summer, he received a less-than-overwhelming response. Other than some early interest from division rival Minnesota, there was little to nothing for Jones on the open market.
It seems, one year later, there’s little to nothing for Jones in another market – the trade market.
According to a league source, the Packers were actively shopping Jones prior to the draft but found no interest in the veteran reciever. While Jones has never had more than 50 catches nor posted more than 700 yards in a single season since coming into the NFL as a Packers third round draft choice in 2007, one might have thought a receiving-starved team like the Jaguars, Browns, or Dolphins (the last two with Packers-connections in Mike Holmgren and Joe Philbin) might be interested. However the Packers were unable to find any takers, perhaps because of Jones’ contract which calls for him to make $2.3 million in 2013.
On the Packers side of things this could mean a few different things. Obviously the team wants to get Randall Cobb on the field more but there’s also Diondre Borel and Tori Gurley who spent 2011 on the practice squad and who the Packers paid handsomely (for practice squad guys) to keep them from signing with other teams toward the end of 2011.
Moving Jones would have allowed all of them to see more time on the field this summer for what promises to be a heated competition at the wide receiver position during training camp.