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Green Bay Packers Have Plenty of Options if James Jones Leaves


Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones

Although he’s made it clear he’d like to return to the Green Bay Packers, James Jones looks like he’ll be testing the open market once free agency rolls around.

That looks like the wise play for the Packers. It’s not that they couldn’t use Jones. It’s that there are currently 53 receivers scheduled to be free agents (not counting guys like Nate Burleson, who was released in a cost-cutting move).

It’s going to be a buyer’s market.

So even if Jones hits free agency, there’s still a decent chance the Packers will be able to re-sign him. And you know they’d only do that at the right price, especially considering both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are due for contract extensions.

However, if Jones does sign elsewhere, there are plenty of decent options in free agency to replace him. Our expectation is the Packers would draft a receiver to develop if Jones leaves, but considering the market, they may be able to replace the production immediately for a reasonable amount.

Here’s a look at those potential replacements.

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  1. Snoop Dog's Chalice February 14, 2014

    You weren’t kidding when you said it was a buyer’s market. Lots of options.

  2. Remedy February 14, 2014

    Would be very interested in Tate and Maclin

    Been thinking about Maclin for a whiiiile now. Dude can flat out ball, and if he can get back to, what, 90%, he’s still going to be a very good addition to a playoff team

  3. Andy February 14, 2014

    I still cant quite see why you take any of those options before you sign jones. Jones is probably middle of the pack out of those guys and knows a-rod. I think the drop-itis period has passed and he’s going to be good to go. Depends on how much $ he’s after so as long as he doesnt get offered big money else where by some dipshit team who think he’s a number 1 he should stay.

  4. Jurgens February 14, 2014

    In all honesty, I’d take Jones over all of those guys. Jones has been incredibly consistent over the last few years. As loaded as the Packers are at WR, they are rarely at full strength because of injuries. You have to be encouraged by Boykins’ progress but heading into next season without Jones makes me nervous.

  5. K.L. February 14, 2014

    We don’t need, nor will we get any of these guys. We have Nelson, Cobb, and Boykin. That is plenty. Any WR we get in free agency will be an undrafted rookie.

  6. Iltarion February 14, 2014

    James Jones is better than any of those guys.

    He is expendable because Boykin balled out when the Packers needed him.

    You have Cobb, Nelson, and Boykin. If you want to throw someone else the ball, throw one of the RBs the ball.

    1. Abe Frohman February 17, 2014

      I agree with this, but I think if we can get him inexpensively, then we should. I like Boykin, but he lacks a gear like JJ has. JJ can stretch the field for a big dude. Like the last time he hit free agency, the market is saturated with similar talent. He won’t be getting huge money.

  7. TyKo Steamboat February 14, 2014

    That’s a pretty sad group of receivers. I’d rather just draft in the 5th round. LOL

    Eric “Upper” Decker will be the biggest waste of $ since Mike Wallace & Hakeem Nicks might be the laziest (& biggest waste of talent) I’ve seen in years. … Not to mention, Maclin is coming off of a bad knee.

  8. Zippy Joe February 14, 2014

    James Jones is a good man. He played hurt at the end of the season. The Packers should try to sign him, but not over pay. I still remember how Antonio Freeman changed after receiving a new, high priced contract.

  9. lars February 15, 2014

    Huh? Let Jones go and sign a FA WR on a TED THOMPSON team. They’ll let Jones play the market and then draft a WR or two BEFORE the 7th round to add to Nelson, Cobb and Boikin.

  10. Nick Perry February 15, 2014

    The Packers already have a replacement in Boykin for Jones. Boykin is only going to continue to improve and what or how much do you gain by signing Jones. Lock up Nelson and Cobb, and draft a WR in the 3rd round this year. Teams are going to be able to get excellent value in the 3rd round of a deep WR draft class. Take the money you wanna pay James Jones and go sign a fricken Safety! If there’s one thing TT hits on in the draft it’s WR.