It took a bit longer than most expected (including himself), but James Jones finally has a new contract. After a disappointing wait on the free agent receiver market, Jones has agreed to a three-year, $11.3 million dollar deal with the Oakland Raiders, according to a report from Adam Schefter. With receivers such as Emmanuel Sanders and Brandon LaFell signing over the weekend, an even stronger emphasis was put on the question, "When will James Jones sign with somebody?" That question finally has an answer.
Jones, 29, has spent his entire NFL career with the Green Bay Packers. His best season as a pro came in 2012 when he caught a career-best 64 passes and hauled in a league-high 14 touchdowns. In 2013, he racked up a career best 817 yards, even with shaky quarterback play due to Aaron Rodgers' missed time due to injury.
This was the second time that Jones hit free agency as a wide receiver and didn't get the attention he hoped for right away. After the 2011 season, he reached an agreement to stay with the Packers on a three-year, $9.4 million dollar contract after briefly roaming the market. This time around - even though it took him longer than expected - another team actually bit.
In Oakland, Jones will be lining up alongside Denarius Moore and Rod Streater. The Raiders are currently under construction at the quarterback position so Jones isn't even sure who he will be catching passes from under center. Streater led all Raiders receivers last season with 888 yards, but they haven't had a 1,000 yard wideout since 2005 (Randy Moss). It's good to see that Jones is finally getting the money he worked for, so let's hope the best for him as he begins his next journey with the Silver and Black.