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It’s Official: James Jones Won’t Be Back

James Jones

The Green Bay Packers have done something outside of their norm. They’ve actually told one of their own free agents they won’t be re-signing him. That free agent is receiver James Jones.

That part was expected. The Packers will go into 2016 with six roster-worthy receivers already on their depth chart. Those guys are Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis, Jared Abbrederis and Ty Mongtomery.

You could argue that Davante Adams isn’t worthy of anyone’s roster and we wouldn’t blame you, but the fact of that matter is he’s a former second-round draft pick and he’s not getting released prior to his third season.

With all those bodies, there simply isn’t room for Jones.

What was actually unexpected in this development is the Packers telling Jones they’re moving on without him.

“They’re going to go with the young guys,” Jones’ agent, Frank Bauer, told the Journal Sentinel.

Why is that unusual?

Typically, the Packers don’t say anything to guys they don’t plan to re-sign. We’ve seen it time and again. Radio silence until training camp rolls around and the guy either has found another team or realizes he’s being forced into retirement.

Not even a call to say, “Thanks for the effort. We’re going in another direction.”

The fact that Jones got that small gesture suggests either the Packers front office is turning over a new leaf (unlikely) or Jones’ agent was really aggressive in trying to get his client back in Green Bay (probable).

I mean, we could dream that these guys had some common decency though, couldn’t we?

Jones caught 50 passes for 890 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015. The last two numbers led the Packers.

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Joseph Bonham

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11 Comments

  1. Justin March 21, 2016

    Holy sheep shit. They actually let him know? Didn’t just leave him out hanging? Never thought I’d see the day they would have enough respect to inform a player of such thing. How long did they consider calling before they did? Or did Jones rep have to call them? Maybe Ted will go out of the norm again n sign Jared cook before the bears do.

  2. ay hombre March 21, 2016

    When Abbrederis goes down we’ll be bringing him back. Seriously a crime that this guy can’t get a job somewhere and will have to wait again.

    1. PF4L March 21, 2016

      Kind of where i was going with my post….They showed him enough respect, just in case, they need to call him next season.

  3. Ferris March 21, 2016

    Fan favorite but doesn’t scare any defense. Glad he got a ring. Put that hoodie on Ebay if you need cash.

  4. MJ March 21, 2016

    Solid WR3/4, with good hands and ability to secure a contested ball, won’t burn anyone with his speed.

    1. MR March 22, 2016

      I like JJ and what he did in 2015 considering the circumstances…but your team is fucked if he is the WR3

  5. Mike Ditka's Mom March 21, 2016

    Wait? Thompson didn’t overpay to resign one of his own? Are the Packers worse or better now? Fuck it, who cares! Fire Thompson!

  6. Mike Ditka's Mom March 21, 2016

    Kids, this is what happens when you believe everything you read on the Internet.

  7. vj March 21, 2016

    We believe what we see with our own two eyes, assuming we have two of them and we don’t need corrective lenses like someone of Mike Ditka’s Mom’s age might need. Burn!

  8. PF4L March 22, 2016

    Here’s what i think….

    James Jones played for chump change, gained 890 yards, 17.8 average, 8 tds.

    Packers #1 receiver.

    I say Thank You James Jones.

  9. pastordad March 22, 2016

    Idiots…surround us! Of all the people to let go…your #1 receiver …typical. Absolutely no reason to keep feeding Adams when you have …had… Someone like Jones…hardworking, consistent…good team player. Of well… Papa TT knows best! IDIOTS!!