According to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, James Jones won’t be returning to the Green Bay Packers for the 2014 season.
James Joneshasn’t been offered a new contract and likely won’t be offered one, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who cited an unnamed source.
Jones has spent seven seasons with the Packers, totaling 310 receptions, 4,305 yards, and 37 touchdowns. His best year was probably 2012, when he caught 64 passes for 784 yards, and a whopping 14 touchdowns. He has obviously proven that he can play ball in this league, which should make him an intriguing option for any team with a need at wide receiver.
I personally think that Emmanuel Sanders, and Julian Edelman are the only free agent receivers the Patriots should go after, but adding Jones certainly is a plausible scenario. I would prefer to see the Pats sign Sanders, simply because he is a versatile, explosive young wideout, who could take the top off of the defense for Tom Brady and company.
But back to Jones. He is a big receiver, standing at 6’1, and he could bring a solid veteran presence to the young New England receiving core. Developing Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce, and Kenbrell Thompkins should be priority number one for the Pats, because they have a lot of potential. But until they blossom into the players we think they can turn into, Brady may need a backup option to go to outside of the numbers. If Jones doesn’t demand a big contract, he could fit that role for New England, and maybe speed up the learning process for the younger guys on the team.