The unlikely re-signing of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks means the New York Giants will be in the market for a top-notch playmaker. For that reason, many fans should get used to the idea that Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones could be suiting up in red and blue next season.
There are plenty of rumors beginning to circulate that the Giants are prepared to offer Jones a multi-year contract. Even though some believe he could get a lengthy deal, such as $35 million over five years, it’s more likely that he will settle for much less. The reason for that is because it’s hard to imagine many organizations shoveling out a lot of money for the soon-to-be 30-year-old.
It’s not just about the money, though. There is the belief that Jones would be a perfect fit for the Giants based on his unselfish style of play. He has no problem taking the main workload as his league-high 14 touchdowns proved in 2012. He also has no issue in taking a backseat to other wide receivers on the team and making plays whenever the opportunity presents itself. More importantly, he has an established relationship with former Green Bay quarterbacks coach and newly hired offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
Jones isn’t going to create a lot of attention and he’s not going to give quarterback Eli Manning any grief if the ball doesn’t come his way enough. Obviously, Jones will need to see some action every game but it doesn’t have to be anything significant. Of course, that could change quickly if he proves to be a go-to guy for Manning.
The Packers are going to do whatever it takes to keep Jones. However, like Greg Jennings last year, there’s always the possibility that an enticing contract will be able to pry him away from Green Bay.