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Packers prepared to let James Jones walk
February 23, 2014, 11:19am
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]
Life goes on, and the Green Bay Packers appear to have moved on from wide receiver James Jones.
A source said Jones hasn't been offered a new contract and, in all likelihood, won't be.
"I don't think Ted Thompson wants him," Frank Bauer, Jones' only agent since being drafted by Green Bay in the third round in 2007, said at the NFL scouting combine.
Although Bauer said Jones was admired by many inside the Packers' personnel department, the team is set to let him depart when unrestricted free agency begins March 11.
Just as Jones was one of the players that ultimately made Greg Jennings expendable last March, Jarrett Boykin is one of the players making Jones expendable this March.
"I'm as high on Boykin as anybody in our building," coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. "He had a heck of a year, and I still think he has another jump in him."
McCarthy indicated that Boykin, 24, was a capable No. 3 wide receiver and, with continued improvement, might even become a No. 2.
The Packers may let Jones walk, but they could also bring him back on a one- or two-year deal if he doesn't get what he wants in the open market. Boykin is an up and coming wideout, but if the Packers' 2013 season proved anything, it's that it's good to have depth everywhere, including receiver.