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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Packers will let James Jones walk


By on 2/23/2014 06:00:00 PM

Last offseason the Green Bay Packers let wide receiver Greg Jennings walk via free agency after being plagued by an abdominal problem in 2012. Now, the Packers look like they're ready to move on from James Jones.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Packers have not offered Jones a new contract and in all likelihood, have no plans to do so.     
Joe Bielawa via Wikimedia Commons

After playing every single game from 2009 to 2012, Jones missed games six and seven in 2013 with a sprained posterior collateral ligament in his knee. After the Packers' season ended, Jones revealed he played Week 17 against the Chicago Bears and the Wild Card Round against the San Francisco 49ers with two broken ribs he suffered in Week 16's 38-31 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jones will turn 30 next month, which is usually the age when wide receivers begin to lose a step. Combine his age with the emergence of third-year wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, and it all adds up to Jones no longer fitting in the Packers' plans. Green Bay has a tremendous amount of depth at wide receiver and will likely use most of their cap space to bolster up their defense, which ranked 25th in the league in 2013.

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