James Jones is now a former Green Bay Packer. The free agent wide receiver has signed a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders. The move will reunite Jones with former Packers personnel man and current Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie.
Jones reportedly received some early interest from the New York Jets and was said to be in favor of joining the Carolina Panthers, had they expressed interest. On Monday, Jones chose the Raiders and the San Jose native is headed home to California.
The Packers didn’t seem to have an early interest in bringing Jones back according to Frank Bauer, Jones’ agent. This report emerged in late February.
Jones was a third round draft pick by the Packers in 2007 and his departure leaves only placekicker Mason Crosby left from that draft class on the current Green Bay roster.
Jones had 301 catches for over 4,300 yards and 37 touchdowns in his career with the Packers. Jones led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2012 with 14. Jones overcame early problems with dropped passes and entrenched himself as a top option in the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers offense.
Jones’ departure leaves the Packers with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boyking at wide receiver. The emergence of Boykin last season likely gave the Packers confidence that he could fill some of Jones’ role. With the draft upcoming in May and what is said to be a deep class for wide receivers, don’t be surprised to see the Packers get after one sooner than later.——————
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: