BBAO: A conflicted James Jones

March, 8, 2011
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Many of you have been asking about the status of Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones, whose contract is expiring. With four accrued seasons, he is a restricted free agent in the NFL's current system but likely will be unrestricted when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. Jones confirmed to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com that the Packers extended him an RFA tender, a move that likely will be rendered moot under a new CBA.

If that's the case, the question boils down to whether Jones wants to return to the Packers as a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver -- or if he wants to seek a starting job elsewhere.
Jones: "My main thing going through all this is, do I want to be a starter in the National Football League? No question. Do I feel like I'm a starter? No question. I know we've got something great here. I mean, this team could win some championships for the next couple years. But at the same time, I do want to be a starter. I don't know if that's ever going to happen here with Donald [Driver] playing until he's 40."

Retaining Jones is important to maintaining the multiple-receiver formations the Packers use, but many times they have replaced an experienced backup with a younger player via the draft. Don't forget the Packers still have Jordy Nelson under contract, and the fact is Jones probably cost himself some free-agent money with two high-profile drops in the playoffs.

Continuing around the NFC North:

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