The Green Bay Packers have reportedly decided not to offer wide receiver James Jones a contract, which means he will in all likelihood sign with another team in the coming weeks. Even though it’s hard to imagine Jones not on the roster, the reality is it’s the right move by the Packers.
Ask yourself this question, would you rather have Jones on the team if it means Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb doesn’t get re-signed? I didn’t think so.
Jones is an outstanding talent at a valuable position. His chemistry with Rodgers is unique and his ability to consistently come up with big plays will be the biggest loss of all. Jones proved that he could go above and beyond his threshold when he hauled in a league-high 14 touchdown receptions in 2012. Even though he bounced back to his average last season, the possibility that he can raise his level of play at any moment is a huge threat against opponents.
The emergence of Jarrett Boykin , along with the need to retain Nelson and Cobb, is the biggest reason why Jones will be let go. Packers general manager Ted Thompson is all about giving players who showed potential an opportunity, especially when it financially works in the favor of Green Bay. Boykin is someone the Packers are very high on. They believe he can become another great wide receiver for a team that continues to pump them out. With Aaron Rodgers under center, there’s no telling how good Boykin truly can become.
On top of that, Myles White and Kevin Dorsey are two more wide receivers who Green Bay believes can become solid playmakers. For that reason, it simply makes more sense to give them a shot at the No. 4 spot instead of re-signing Jones for millions of dollars.
The only way the Packers retain Jones is if there isn’t a market for him. The good news for Green Bay is that could be a legitimate possibility. A deep draft loaded with receivers and plenty of wide outs entering free agency around the league means Jones might have a hard time finding a new home. Similar to what happened three years ago, the 29-year-old might come back to the team that drafted him to take another hometown discount. There’s no way the Packers pass up another three-year, $9.6 million deal.
The business side of football is a harsh reality, but it definitely makes the most sense in the case of Jones. Whether you agree with it or not, Green Bay will make the right move by letting Jones test free agency without a contract offer from them.