In a widely expected move, the Packers made a move today to free up another $3.75 million in cap space and remove yet another painful reminder of their failure in Seattle.
After Monday’s release of Brandon Bostick, he of the now infamous “onside kick failure seen ’round the world,” Brad Jones, the specific target of the Seahawks’ successful fake field goal, was shown the door today.
While neither player was released solely for those egregious errors, it’s reasonable to think the Packers wish to enforce a culture of accountability among their players.
In Jones’ case, he has been an underperformer for the last two seasons, after first showing some promise with the move to ILB in 2013. Jones however, displayed a propensity for missed tackles and even worse, taking bad penalties to nullify big stops by the Packers’ defense.
After starting game one this year and then suffering a hamstring injury, Jones never made it back into the regular lineup, relegated to the dime package and working on special teams. Some awful penalties late in the season saw him relegated to special teams only for the NFC Championship game.
Jones had been with the Packers for 6 seasons, drafted out of Colorado where he played defensive end and was converted to a OLB by the Packers. He played in 76 regular-season games with 36 starts and seven playogg games with five starts in six seasons. In six seasons, he recorded 293 tackles and 10 sacks.
Special teams have been a sore point for a few years with the Packers. These moves and the firing of Shawn Slocum surely signal there is a new ST Sheriff in town, and his name is Mike McCarthy.——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.