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James Jones is Out in Oakland

James Jones

Former Green Bay Packers receivers just aren’t having much luck this offseason. James Jones is joining Greg Jennings in getting a trip to the unemployment line.

Jones signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Raiders prior to last season. In his one season in Oakland, Jones caught 73 balls for 666 yards and six touchdowns.

The Raiders went and upgraded their receiving corps by signing Michael Crabtree as a free agent and drafting Amari Cooper in the first round of the draft. Those moves made Jones expendable.

Now, this is pretty much a total dick move by GM Reggie McKenzie.

Jennings was released by the Vikings in mid-March, which means he had plenty of time to go find another team. Eventually, Jennings did just that, reuniting with Joe Philbin in Miami.

Jones, on the other hand, is now a free agent in a market where everyone in the NFL has just filled their receiver needs through the draft. He’ll probably be sitting around without a job until some team loses a receiver to a season-ending injury during training camp. That is, if he gets one at all.

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Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

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12 Comments

  1. Andy May 4, 2015

    feel bad for the guy, he never even got an offer from us last year, so it’s not at all the greg jennings situation of asking for too much. I hope he finds a team, great guy, deserves another chance.

  2. Savage57 May 4, 2015

    JJ can do more for a team than half the ring meat WR’s floating around on NFL rosters. I hope Belichik brings him in and he gets another ring.

  3. billybong May 4, 2015

    should be very useful to any number of teams…hope he catches on and I’m sure he will….

  4. ferris May 4, 2015

    Helloooooo Vikings.

  5. Andrew Chitko May 4, 2015

    He will have a deal in short order. Bad move Oaktown.

  6. Ryan May 4, 2015

    Wow! Tough break! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t his biggest fan the first couple years he was in town, but he really matured and developed and became a really good receiver for us. I didn’t really want him to leave but I understand it’s a business and he was basically forced to move on. I still rooted for him, unlike Greg Jennings, who can suck a fat one in my opinion. Hope Jones finds another team and has success. If not, maybe we would be willing to give him a team-friendly deal? If nobody else offers him anything, then a veteran minimum should be better than nothing, right? Or is Oakland on the hook for his contract should nobody else pick him up?

  7. Shawn Neuser May 4, 2015

    All of Jones’ guaranteed money was paid to him in his first year, so there is zero cap hit to the Raiders for releasing him.
    Complete dick move by McKenzie, completely agree with Monty here. I have no clue why you would bank on a oft-injured and troubled Crabtree and let a reliable guy like Jones go when you have plenty of cap space to keep him. Crazy move.
    I don’t see the Packers bringing a guy back who left when they already have 3 starters set and 3 other guys they drafted in the past two years. We could use him if any of our top 3 get hurt though.

    1. jtmax May 5, 2015

      There is age discrimination in football. Crabree is still young even though he sucks compared to Jones.

  8. PF4L May 5, 2015

    He’ll probably come cheap. I’d welcome him back in a heartbeat.

    1. Abe Frohman May 5, 2015

      Yeah…me too. But TT probably won’t. It takes reps away from Adams, Janis, Abbrederis and now Montgomery.

    2. nurseratchett May 5, 2015

      Rodgers wouldn’t mind having Jones back, either.

  9. nurseratchett May 5, 2015

    Can he block at all? We are a little thin at tight end.