Bob McGinn reported in Sunday’s Journal Sentinel that the Packers have decided to let James Jones leave as a free agent. I’m not surprised. In fact, here’s what I tweeted less than 24 hours earlier:
I like JJ, but not sure TT needs to keep him. Boykin is pretty good and draft is deep at WR. Money might be better spent on D.
— Michael Rodney (@PackerUpdate) February 22, 2014
I entered the 2013 season fully expecting the former San Jose State star to re-sign with the Packers, but that was before Jarrett Boykin went from a complete unknown to a viable No. 3 receiver. That, along with having to extend both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb in the next 12 months, made the idea of committing multiple years and millions of dollars to Jones seem very unlikely. And while it makes sense to move on, there’s no question he’ll be missed. Not only was the 30-year-old a productive receiver, but he had grown into a real leader in recent years. But the Packers will be just fine. Besides Nelson, Cobb and Boykin, the organization seems to really like unproven youngsters Kevin Dorsey, Myles White and Chris Harper. Plus, GM Ted Thompson has proven quite adept at finding quality receivers in the draft. If Jones’ career in Green Bay is indeed over, he’ll leave with 310 catches, 4,305 yards, 37 touchdowns and one Super Bowl ring in seven seasons.