Why the Buffalo Bills Should Deal for James Jones

Greg MaiolaSenior Analyst IIAugust 31, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 09:  James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball against Thomas DeCoud #28 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 9, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The abundance of wide receivers for the Green Bay Packers can really benefit the Buffalo Bills.

The Packers have Pro Bowler Greg Jennings, up-and-comer Jordy Nelson, extremely explosive Randall Cobb, all-time receptions leader Donald Driver and a great tight end in Jermichael Finley.

All of these fantastic pass catchers will complement the talented James Jones, especially considering his $2 million plus salary as the potentially fifth receiver.

There is no question that the Bills have one of the game's best receivers in Stevie Johnson, but the aerial attack lacks any other proven NFL talent. The presence of Jones lining up opposite of Johnson would certainly make the offense more productive than what it is today.

Jones recorded 38 receptions for 635 yards and seven touchdowns last year—good numbers for being lost in the depth chart. He would be an immediate upgrade over Donald Jones and would get more opportunities in Buffalo than he can ever dream of in Green Bay.

Ryan Fitzpatrick would have another deep threat on the outside if Jones were to be acquired by the Bills. Johnson would see less coverage as Jones would immediately attract defensive attention, essentially opening up the field for the offense.

The Bills have an abundance of role players and mediocrity at the position. Jones would add another dimension to Buffalo and could make the passing game more dynamic than it has ever been in Fitzpatrick's tenure.

But the Bills must act quickly if they want to add Jones. The Miami Dolphins are in desperate need of a receiver and Joe Philbin has experience coaching Jones in Green Bay.

The Bills have shown that they are in a playoff-or-bust mentality. Every single move this season has been an effort to better their squad, including cutting ties with big-names and former stars. Jones has the capability to put the Bills' offense over the top in their playoff pursuit and is simply too good to be a No. 5 receiver in Green Bay.

With over 700 players hitting the open market this weekend, the Bills can actually make their best move a trade, not a signing. The Packers may be willing to deal him for a mid-round pick, just to avoid his salary.

Again, the Bills offense is in need of an upgrade if they really want to compete for the playoffs. And players like Jones and moves like this, are simply too good to pass up if a team is serious about scoring points and playing deep in January.