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Packers Were Shopping James Jones Prior To The Draft

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Packers Were Shopping James Jones Prior To The Draft

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.



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Tony's picture

I wonder if this means they wont keep DD now?

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

They had nor have any intention of cutting DD if that's the case. Ted watched the giants game... Linebackers, shmimebackers.


Jake's picture

Best number 3/4 receiver in the league...

Anthony's picture

That's what I don't get. He could line up as a legit #2 WR for most teams in the NFL. Yeah, he's had drops, but this last season he was much better about them.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

I was really surprised when nobody snatched him up last off-season. Instead, duh bares snatched up Roy Williams? Who is no longer on their team I believe. I like JJ, for his price point, I think he gives a good return. Just wish he had a little softer hands sometimes.


Sizzle's picture

"best 3/4 reciever in the league"??? This year JJ will have to work just to make it to four on the depth chart. Im still hoping they bring back DD which means JJ would slide to 5, and that doesnt take into account where guys like Borel and/or Gurley may fit in. Trying to trade him makes perfect sense, but the fact their were no takers also makes sense. Why would another team want a WR that hasnt really proved anything yet besides being consistently inconsistent and finishes each year further down the depth chart than where he started. There have been times he has looked like a very capable receiver. Is he that guy that flashes potenial but in the end always frustrates the fans, i.e. Fergie? In most cases guys like JJ are far more valuable to their current team than to a new team. Its to bad TT couldnt move that contract and free up for upcoming extentions.

Stanislaw's picture

I think the issue is that TT would want a 3rd for him since that's what he drafted him with and no team will trade that high a pick for him.

BubbaOne's picture

I like JJ and yet I was one of those promoting trading him and a pick to move up in the draft. I felt he offered the most value for the loss we would incur.

Shaky Smithson is flying under the radar this offseason. I'm curious to see what he brings. Just like Gurley and Borel TT/MM kept him around for a reason.

One side benefit of Quarless's injury is it potentially opens up a roster spot for a 6th WR.

ken's picture

Shaky was only kept around because he was eligible for IR. He won't put up much competition for gurley/borel

Brooklyn81's picture

Please keep Jones and let DD go

bob m.'s picture

make JJ a TE and maybe we can have a TE that can get deep over the middle. haven't had that since Keith Jackson.

Lars's picture

Keep Jones. Trade/cut Hawk; retire DD's number before Favre's. Keep 6 WR's if you want Driver, otherwise he's gone.

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