James Jones: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent WR

Alec NathanFeatured Columnist

January 16, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) before a NFC Divisional round playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Packers 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Free-agent wide receiver James Jones remains on the market despite putting together a resurgent season with the Green Bay Packers.   

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Packers Reportedly Not Interested in Jones

Monday, March 21

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the Packers "have told the agent for [Jones] that they are not interested in bringing him back because of the number of young receivers they have on the roster."


Jones Comments on Future in Green Bay, Free Agency

Friday, March 4

"I was hoping I would return to Green Bay, but I don't know what is going to happen," Jones said Friday during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, per the channel's official Twitter account

"You can put my stats up against any of these free-agent wide receivers, and my stats are better than them," Jones added, per SiriusXM NFL


Jones Had Bounce-Back Season in Return to Packers

Jones returned to the Packers last season after the New York Giants cut him prior to the start of the season, and he immediately demonstrated tremendous chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Over the course of 16 appearances, Jones tallied 50 catches on 99 targets while posting a career-high 890 yards to go with eight receiving touchdowns. Not only did he lead the Packers in receiving yards, but he tied the team lead in receiving touchdowns along with tight end Richard Rodgers. 

Notable NFL Free-Agent Wide Receivers (2015 Stats)
PlayerTargetsReceptionsRec. YdsTD
James Jones99508908
Marvin Jones103658164
Jermaine Kearse68496855
Travis Benjamin125689665
Mohamed Sanu49333940
Rishard Matthews61436624
Rueben Randle90577978
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com

Not surprisingly, Green Bay's signal-caller would like to see Jones back with the club when the 2016 season rolls around. 

"He’s a big contributor for us," Rodgers said, per USA Today's Ryan Wood. "A pro’s pro. He’s been a great addition to our locker room, and I’d love to see him return."

Considering the Packers already let Jones walk once following the 2013 season, it seems they're unafraid to let the 31-year old wideout find a new home once more.