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.
Silverstein went on to add another little tidbit about Aaron Rodgers and Donald Driver possibly having an influence over the decision.
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.