NFL Free Agents 2011: James Jones May Just Stay in Green Bay

J FCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The 27-year-old James Jones was said to be one of the Green Bay Packers' most likely free agents to find a new home once the lockout lifted, but there has been no news of any negotiations thus far, except with his current team.

Despite his drops, Jonee is skilled at freeing himself from the defense, which allowed him to pick up nearly 700 yards and 5 TDs last season as the team's third option at wide out. As he approaches his prime, everyone is asking just how much could he accomplish as a starter?

No one knows him better than the man throwing him the ball. Aaron Rodgers has made it clear that he wants Jones back on board for a repeat attempt. That's saying a lot considering Jones dropped a few sure touchdowns in 2010 and seemed to bring more frustration Rodgers way than anything. 

Mike McCarthy still believes in Jones as well and Ted Thompson is trying to offer him a deal, but what is unknown is exactly how hard he is trying.

The only opinion that isn't really known is that of Jones himself. He knows that he is talented enough to be a well-paid starter almost anywhere except for Green Bay, where he sits behind Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, and possibly even Jordy Nelson on the depth chart.

However, Driver will no longer be a productive receiver, even if he can stay healthy, and he's at the point in his career where every season could be his last. Nelson experienced just as many difficulties with drops as last year and injuries are always lurking, so it is possible that Jones could turn out to be a starter in Green Bay.

The only problem is he won't get paid as one and if it's the money he's after, he's as good as gone. But if he wants a Super Bowl ring, he'd be wise to sign a reasonable contract with the Pack and enjoy the ride.



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