The Green Bay Packers have a plethora of wide receiver talent this offseason, which means that one of those gifted pass-catchers could soon become trade bait.
The wide receiver that appears to be the top option for the trading block is James Jones, who is expected to be the Packers’ No. 3 when the preseason kicks off. With Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson entrenched as the top two targets, the rest of the field will have to battle it out for the remaining few spots on the depth chart.
Even though Jones is seen as the No. 3 receiver, his services could become expendable if the other available players shine during training camp/preseason.
The rest of the Packers’ depth chart at wide receiver consists of veteran Donald Driver, sparkplug Randall Cobb, and youngsters Tori Gurley, Diondre Borel, Dale Moss and Shaky Smithson. Considering the surplus of talent, the Packers could opt to keep six receivers on the roster. If several of the aforementioned players give Jones a legitimate run for his money, trading him could become a real possibility for Green Bay.
If training camp gets under way and the Packers discover a weakness in the lineup, Jones could become a way of adding talent at another position. There have been lingering concerns about the running game, which could lead the Packers to trade Jones for a quality veteran running back.
Outside linebacker could also be a possibility if rookie first-round pick Nick Perry doesn’t pan out as early as the Packers are hoping for.
Jones would immediately help a receiver-needy team and the Packers have plenty of playmakers to take his place. It’s still early, but injuries or lack of development could cause trade opportunities to arise, and Jones is a prime candidate.