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WR James Jones Not Likely to Return to Packers

ESPN Milwaukee’s Jason Wilde believes that wide receiver James Jones may be the Packer who will most benefit if free agent rules revert to those of 2009.

Had he been a restricted free agent, the 2007 third-round pick might have returned, with the team having the right to match any offer after tendering him. Instead, if he’s unrestricted, the guess here is a receiver-poor team will pay him starter’s money despite his propensity for ill-timed drops that landed him in the Packers’ doghouse last season.

That would price him out of Green Bay. With Jordy Nelson’s late-season emergence and impending free agency after the 2011 season, along with the selection of receiver/returner Randall Cobb in the second round of the April draft, the only way Jones comes back is if the market just isn’t there for him.

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