Packers Not Likely to Make a Strong Push to Keep FA WR James Jones

The Packers are likely to move on from impending free agent wide receiver James Jones according to beat writer Rob Reischel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The Packers are in desperate need for wideouts who can get separation from defensive backs and “figure to go with younger players” than the 32-year-old Jones. Having said that, Jones returning to the Packers in 2015 was a godsend after Jordy Nelson went down with a torn ACL in training camp and he was quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ most reliable target.

He was particularly effective early in the season but faded down the stretch, ending the season with 50 catches for 890 yards and eight touchdowns. Jones has good hands and an excellent work ethic but rarely makes plays after the catch. The Packers will welcome back Jordy Nelson (ACL) and Randall Cobb while Jeff Janis, Jared Abbrederis, Davante Adams, and Ty Montgomery vie for complementary roles.

This may be the end of the line for Jones, who has only proven effective in Green Bay. He may get signed for the veterans’ minimum and invvited to someone’s training camp but interest in him is likely to be lukewarm at best.


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