Oh my, who saw this coming?!? After Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier claimed he was happy with his wide receiver group and the New York Jets signed Plaxico Burress, I was feeling optimistic that James Jones would sign a one-year deal with the Green Bay Packers and give free agency another crack in 2012. Instead, it appears as if Jones has agreed to a three-year deal with the team. Here's the info, via twitter from Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Packers beat reporter Tom Silverstein:
#Packers WR James Jones has agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers, source just said.
According to source, Rodgers and Driver went to bat big-time for Jones and that may have had an impact on the #Packers stepping up.
It wouldn't be like Ted Thompson to allow players to influence a serious personnel and financial decision, so I'll reserve judgment on that part of the deal. I'll also reserve judgment on whether or not it was a good deal for the Packers until I see the terms of the contract, which are not available right now.
Still, unknowns aside, what we do know is that Jones is going to be a member of the Green Bay Packers next season. And for that, I am happy and excited. Wide receiver depth was going to be a concern if Jones departed, but his return keeps the Packers' WR corps one of the deepest in the NFL.