James Jones to Chargers: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2016

Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones warms up prior to the start of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday Dec. 13, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
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After a strong 2015 season with the Green Bay Packers, wide receiver James Jones finally caught on with a new team Tuesday, after the San Diego Chargers announced a deal with the veteran wide receiver.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was the first to report the news. ESPN's Josina Anderson later confirmed.

San Diego's decision to sign Jones came on the heels of Stevie Johnson suffering a torn meniscus that will require surgery, per NFL Network's Michael Silver.

When Jones returned to Green Bay prior to last year, he was coming off a disappointing campaign with the Oakland Raiders. Oakland cut him just one year into a three-year, $11.3 million deal, which reveals the extent to which he struggled. The New York Giants took a flier on Jones but cut him before the regular season began.

Back in the comfort of the Packers offense and with Aaron Rodgers throwing him passes, the 32-year-old had one of his best seasons ever. He caught 50 passes for 890 yards and eight touchdowns.

Unsurprisingly, Jones indicated after the season he hoped to remain with the team.

"I've said it before, I would love to finish my career here," he said on Jan. 18, per Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But I said that last time, so. It's a crazy business. We'll see what happens."

The only question was whether the Packers would want to continue the partnership.

Green Bay hopes to count on a healthy Jordy Nelson in 2016 in addition to Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. Adams' production was slightly underwhelming (50 catches, 483 yards, one touchdown), but he could be in line for a bigger role in the offense next year. The team might also plan on involving Ty Montgomery, Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis more in the passing game.

In short, the Packers don't have a scarcity of wide receivers on the roster. It's not shocking that general manager Ted Thompson decided he was better off spending money to shore up some of the team's more glaring issues.

That's not to say Jones won't add value to the Chargers. Plus, unlike the Raiders, San Diego won't make the mistake of expecting Jones to play the role of a No. 1 wideout. He finished the 2015 season as the Packers' leading receiver, but that was more out of necessity.

Jones' arrival won't radically alter the Bolts offense, but he'll help Philip Rivers and the rest of the aerial attack.

With Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin ahead of him on the depth chart at wide receiver and Antonio Gates still in the fold as well, Jones can focus on being a complementary player, which is a role he has thrived in over the course of his career.


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