Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Keep him or dump him: James Jones
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Heading into the final week before the free-agent frenzy begins, no doubt Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson already has made some decisions about his players who are set to hit the open market.
It’s much easier to play arm-chair general manager, so we will.
This week, we’ll examine some of the tougher decisions Thompson has to make among his 17 players who began this offseason as unrestricted free agents. We’ll skip cornerback Sam Shields, who isn’t expected to get a deal done before hitting the open market.
The Packers have two other top receivers, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, who are both younger and entering the final years of their contracts.
Jones, who will turn 30 on March 31, ranked second on the Packers last season in both receptions (59) and yards (817), the latter of which was a career high, despite missing nearly three full games because of a knee injury.
He has played the majority of his career snaps as an outside receiver who rarely has lined up in the slot, but his size makes him a good target in the red zone. In 2012, he caught a career-high 14 touchdown passes.
Three years ago, coming off the NFL lockout, Jones did not draw strong interest on the free-agent market and re-signed with the Packers for three years and $9.6 million. It’s worth wondering if the market will be as soft for Jones this time around.
If that’s the case, is it worth bringing back Jones?
That’s for you to decide. Vote in our keep him or dump him poll. We’ll do the same with a different free-agent-to-be all week and then examine the results at the end.