According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Green Bay Packers have signed 31-year-old wide receiver James Jones.
This is a reunion of sorts for Jones, who played the first seven seasons of his career (2007-2013) with the Green Bay Packers. In 2012, Jones had the best year of his career, as he received 14 touchdowns from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
After leaving Green Bay, Jones’s production declined to the numbers of an average NFL receiver, but he can still be a solid pass catcher, especially when catching passes from one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Last season, Rodgers threw for 4,381 yards and 38 touchdowns while leading the Packers to the NFC Championship game, where they lost to the Seattle Seahawks.
The Green Bay Packers are currently unsure of how Jones will fit into the offense, since the Packers enjoy several of their young receivers, but surely a spot will be found for him, seeing as he already has a strong rapport with Rodgers.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Green Bay Packers’ best wide receiver, Jordy Nelson, has been lost for the season after suffering an ACL tear during a preseason game. After this injury, the Packers front office may have wanted more depth if their young wideouts were unable to get the job done.
The Green Bay Packers’ interest in a reunion was originally reported by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel earlier today. This led to a meeting between Jones and the Packers on Sunday which evidently went well, seeing as it led to an agreement.
Per ESPN.com, after landing in Green Bay, Jones was optimistic that a deal would be made: “That’s the plan, man.”
“Hopefully something gets done. I flew all the way over here, so hopefully something gets done. I’m excited man, it feels good to get back and be back home, so we’ll see what happens.”
We do not currently know the particulars of this contract, but seeing as Jones didn’t sign a contract with the New York Giants until July means he likely he signed a deal for the minimum salary. That is probably the same as he received from the Green Bay Packers.
What do you think of the Green Bay Packers’ acquisition of James Jones, a wide receiver who played with Packers for seven seasons? Do you think the Packers will make additional moves before the NFL season gets underway next week? Finally, how do you think the Green Bay Packers will fare this season?
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