The Green Bay Packers will have a very busy offseason in regards to free agency. Even though general manager Ted Thompson is unlikely to bring in new faces that could have an immediate impact, he will have to face the facts that certain players from Green Bay’s 2013 squad must be retained. One player in particular is wide receiver James Jones.
There are rumors circulating that the New York Giants are interested in signing the 29-year-old to a long-term contract. One of the biggest reasons why this is a possibility is because New York doesn’t appear interested in bringing back Hakeem Nicks. That means they must find another suitable weapon for quarterback Eli Manning, which Jones is more than capable of filling in the role.
Obviously, this would be terrible news for the Packers. Not only would the Giants get a quality weapon who led the NFL in touchdowns two seasons ago, but also quarterback Aaron Rodgers would lose a big-time asset. Since Green Bay’s Super Bowl window is closing quickly, the last thing Rodgers needs is to have a receiver who he’s established a solid working relationship with leave town. The Packers must do whatever it takes to give Rodgers as many offensive playmakers as possible so that he can ensure defenses will remain one step behind.
Of course, the biggest reason Green Bay won’t be able to re-sign Jones is because of financial reasons. Ironically, the same reason Rodgers will remain a Packer for life is why the organization will be unable to supply him with consistent weapons. It’s not unrealistic to believe Jones will get a five-year deal worth $35-40 million. He’s a proven talent who has a lot to offer. Unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine that Green Bay would be able to compete with that bid.
Regardless of finances, the Packers still must find a way to entice Jones to stay in Titletown, USA. Even with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and the emergence of Jarrett Boykin, the Packers need Jones in order to continue their offensive dominance in the NFC North.