Packers Daily Links: James Jones Says He Wants To Start

Wide receiver James Jones discussed free agency on Monday saying he wants to become a starter in the NFL. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Wide receiver James Jones discussed the topic of free agency with Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Monday. "I do want to be a starter," said Jones. "I don’t know if that’ll ever happen here with Donald (Driver) playing until he’s 40.” Jones confirmed he did receive a restricted free agent tender offer from the Packers, though it's very possible it will become void with a new collective bargaining agreement. The Packers may eventually make Jones a competitive offer, but whether that's enough to get him to stay is another matter.

James Jones spoke to the media at the premiere of the Packers' Super Bowl Champions DVD at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay last night, of which Jason Wilde has details. "Jones, Jennings and Driver were the three players representing the team at Monday night’s premiere, with Driver scheduled to sign copies of the DVD at the Best Buy store in Ashwaubenon when it went on sale to the public at midnight," said Jones. "Both Jennings and Driver said they hope their buddy is back in 2011."

Details of Mike McCarthy's contract were published by Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, who explains the reason for the difference in figures published by differing sources. "Last week, NationalFootballPost.com reported McCarthy’s contract will average $6.45 million per year, and the source said that figure is accurate but includes McCarthy reaching every possible incentive," writes Dougherty. Without the incentives, Dougherty says that McCarthy probably is somewhere around the sixth or seventh highest paid coach in the NFL.

Linebacker A.J. Hawk received an $8 million signing bonus from the Packers, which is almost unheard of for the organization. Such a move allowed Hawk to receive pretty much the same salary he would have without being cut, although it saved the Packers significant salary cap space.  On Hawk's slarary cap number, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote on Twitter, "It was $12.3M before, $4.55M now." The reasoning is that signing bonuses are prorated over the length of the entire contract. Historically under Ted Thompson, the Packers have given more roster bonuses than signing bonuses.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy has been taken to a few select events by team equipment manager "Red" Batty, as the tale is told by Mike Spofford of the Packers official website. It made a stop at basketball games of the Milwaukee Bucks, Wisconsin Badgers and the Green Bay Phoenix. "It also stopped by the Air National Guard base in Madison, where some of the pilots who perform the Lambeau Field pre-game fly-bys got an up-close look as well," writes Spofford. It was interesting to hear about people crying when they saw it.

While answering readers' questions over at ESPN.com, John Clayton says the Packers need to draft offensive linemen. "The youth movement started with Bryan Bulaga last season, but it needs to continue," writes Clayton.

Packers scout Alonzo Highsmith was reportedly at Tulsa's pro day workout on Monday, according to Bill Huber at Packer Report (subscription required). Among the highest rated prospects in attendance was fullback/tight end Charles Clay.

Wide receiver Greg Jennings is evaluated by AllGreenBayPackers.com.

Remembering Super Bowl I is a topic of conversation for Vic Ketchman in his mailbag at Packers.com.

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packsmack25's picture

March 08, 2011 at 09:07 am

Goodbye Jones.

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Bearmeat's picture

March 08, 2011 at 06:47 pm

yep. He gone. I only hope it's to someone outside of the division. If he ever gets his head on straight, he's got the ability to go to the probowl...

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hyperRevue's picture

March 08, 2011 at 09:54 am

I don't think wanting to be a starter is a tall order to fulfill. It seems more symbolic than anything.

I mean, outside of Jennings being the #1, it seems to me the other 3 WRs are more or less interchangeable, especially with how often the Packers go 3 and 4 wide.

I'd be interested to see a snaps-per-game breakdown between Jennings, Driver, Jones and Nelson.

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PackerAaron's picture

March 08, 2011 at 10:02 am

It's ridiculous. Jones took over for Driver in every way save for having his name in the televised intros.

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hyperRevue's picture

March 08, 2011 at 10:04 am

So you think it's more of a symbolic/ego thing for him?

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PackerAaron's picture

March 08, 2011 at 10:05 am

Could be. Sometimes guys have number of starts tied into bonus money as well. He wants more opportunities, which is fine. I get that.

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hyperRevue's picture

March 08, 2011 at 10:09 am

Interesting.

"Number of starts" seems like a hard stat to quantify when it comes to WRs - Packers WRs especially.

Is it just a matter of being on the field for the first offensive snap?

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NoWayJose's picture

March 08, 2011 at 10:52 am

Yup. It's technically about what formation the team comes out in for the first offensive snap.

So, if we recover a fumble on the one on the first possession, we might have Quinn Johnson, Kuhn, Raji, and Crabtree as starters.

As people have said, its really about the money and the snaps (with snaps being a distant second I would guess).

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jeremy's picture

March 08, 2011 at 10:14 am

There are only so many balls to go around. I would prioritize them like so.
1. Jennings
2. Finley
3. Nelson
4. Driver
5. Jones
6. Quarless

I hope Jones is happy somewhere in the AFC.

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hyperRevue's picture

March 08, 2011 at 10:17 am

I'd probably agree with that, but one of the best things about Rodgers, in my mind, is how he throws to the open guy.

Seems like a silly statement, but outside of forcing the ball to Finley a lot early in the season (his injury was in some ways a blessing in disguise) Rodgers really doesn't seem to play favorites.

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jeremy's picture

March 08, 2011 at 12:37 pm

"how he throws to the open guy"

Right, but there is still order in how the reads are set up according to who will break at what times and who is running routes to clear space for others. The guy is usually open and thrown to for a reason.

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Franklin Hillside's picture

March 08, 2011 at 10:45 am

Actually, priority should be:

1) James Starks
2) Everyone else

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thepretzelhead on Twitter's picture

March 08, 2011 at 08:28 pm

+ 1 going to be a headache for already ill defenses

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cow42's picture

March 08, 2011 at 11:37 am

I would not list Driver ahead of Jones.
I love DD but I kinda think he may be close to "done".

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JerseyCheese's picture

March 08, 2011 at 11:16 am

I like Jones, I really do. Don't get me wrong. But he is replaceable. As some have noted above -- Finley, Nelson, Driver, Jennings. We have enough talent to easily replace him next year. I do think we'll find a receiver in the draft as well to add to our rotation.

Jones has a bad rep with us Packer fans because of his drops. Although Driver has more than him, Jones drops came for SURE touchdowns. Giants game, Eagles game, Steelers game, etc. He'll make an amazing catch, then drop a wide open slant. He's frustrating, but I'd certainly take him back.

Here's a link to the receivers who led the league last year in drops:

http://stats.washingtonpost.com/fb/leaders.asp?year=&type=Receiving&...

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hyperRevue's picture

March 08, 2011 at 11:38 am

Two things stand out to me about that list.

1. Is it accurate? Nagler re-tweeted someone saying that both Jones and Nelson had 10 last season. Maybe that list doesn't includes playoffs?

2. Of the 5 receivers with the most drops, I'd be beyond thrilled to have 4 of them on my team (Welker, Wayne, Marshall, Austin). Well, maybe not Marshall, but he's clearly great. I'm not sure what to really make of that.

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Chad Toporski's picture

March 08, 2011 at 12:42 pm

1. Nelson did have more drops, but just from watching his play, I still feel he is more consistent - though less dynamic - than Jones.

2. The thing with drops is that you have to account for their number of targets. Take it as a percentage and you can actually start to compare them.

Because there's a big difference between dropping 5 balls on 10 targets and dropping 10 balls on 80 targets.

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PackersRS's picture

March 09, 2011 at 07:46 pm

Exactly. Number of drops has as much relevance as the 40 yard dash. It's only relevant when put into contest, not as a singled number.

What matters is drops/targets, and even then it's a very blurry stat, with different definitions of what's a dropped ball.

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jeremy's picture

March 08, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I would be more interested in seeing drops per target than a gross number.

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Tarynfor 12's picture

March 08, 2011 at 11:50 am

Being on the field for the first offensive play is too simple an answer for what he feels.Getting more snaps is more relishable perhaps also,but there may be too many shadows that are/will continue to be cast over his in GB.The WR sets here really aren't for one who thinks he has more shine than the other.
MM said,we don't have 1,2,3 rated WRs,we just have guys that play.IMO

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Cole's picture

March 08, 2011 at 01:32 pm

Assuming there is free agency, Jones is gone. Some team is going to pay him. It's time to think about the draft.

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Doug in Sandpoint's picture

March 08, 2011 at 05:03 pm

Regarding the trophy, the article says it is going back to Tiffany's to get the participants' names incribed. Does that mean all the players or just the teams? I wonder if the IR guys will be on there. Another opportunity for hurt feelings?

Having seen the other threee we have at the HOF, I honestly can't remember if the individual players are on there. Kind of doubt it though.

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thepretzelhead on Twitter's picture

March 08, 2011 at 08:32 pm

Jones worked for Fox TV. He kept games close and kept the eyeballs glued- with the exception of the Bear game fumble..his drops didn't cost us any games but made advertisers happy.

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Ruppert's picture

March 08, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I thought the end of the headline got cut off and it should have read "James Jones says he wants to start CATCHING THE BALL!!!!!"

My mistake.

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joe packer's picture

March 08, 2011 at 11:23 pm

+1

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joe packer's picture

March 08, 2011 at 11:26 pm

He's route running for a payday is all.
Wonder if he'll drop the check...

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andrew's picture

March 09, 2011 at 01:41 am

i actually want to see jones back... apparently im like the only one... i think if your throwing the ball deep you either go to jennings.. or jones.. their isnt anyone else.. and jennings is obviously the main priority of defenses.. so saying jones doesnt have any value is ridiculous..
yes he drops passes but he makes big plays.. he has stated that he wants to stay in green bay.. but he also wants to be a starter and receive starter money i dunno how much jones was getting paid.. but he has basically replaced driver on the offense and deserves starter money.. i dunno if we can afford that er anything... but driver really is just a guy at this point in his career.. a leader and a great guy.. but just a guy.. if i had to get rid of any of them as a coach or a gm you really would let driver go and keep jones.. i dont think jones comment was him saying he is better than driver.. or better than jennings.. just that he wants to be a starter.. (bishop said basically the same thing) and is driver really going to be a number 2 for the rest of his career? i find that really hard to believe.. i assume he is going to take a pay cut somewhere along the line since apparently he wants to keep playing for a few years..

so.. i really hope jones decides to stay.. im sure its possible to find a replacement for him.. but id like to see him back for his versatility and big play ability

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hyperRevue's picture

March 09, 2011 at 09:09 am

No, I'm right there with you.

Although, with Nelson entering his last season, they probably won't be able to extend both. Between the two, I guess I'd probably choose Nelson. But I don't really know.

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PackersRS's picture

March 09, 2011 at 07:49 pm

No, I also want him back. But he is replaceable.

The bad thing about not bringing Jones back isn't what we're gonna lose without him. Is what we might lose if he ever puts it together and becomes a consistant player.

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ZUB's picture

March 09, 2011 at 08:29 am

Driver may try to play till he is 40, but I really think at this point in DD's career he can be very productive being the 3rd or 4th guy.

IMO Nelson needs more looks, the more he plays a regular role the better he gets and I believe the same with Jones.

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