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June 12, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA;   Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones catches a ball during the team's mandatory minicamp at Ray Nitschke Field.  Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
June 12, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones catches a ball during the team's mandatory minicamp at Ray Nitschke Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones could be on the trading block, according to both the Houston Chronicle and your intoxicated uncle at your family barbecue. Because let's face it, every Packers fan family has a drunk uncle who has always insisted that James Jones needs to be traded.

Okay, enough with the jokes. Our SBNation.com mothership found the Jones rumor buried in a Lance Zierlein blog post at Chron.com about Houston Texans position battles. Here's the line of interest.

Rumors started circulating around league circles that the Packers were willing to deal James Jones and he is the type of player who could come in and be a major factor in an offense like this.

Jones is obviously trapped behind Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings on the Packers depth chart, while Jermichael Finley has proven himself as an effective weapon when lined up out wide, and more is expected of Randall Cobb in the slot this year. This could relegate Jones from the fourth to fifth receiver option, depending on how much Cobb improves in training camp and/or how much Donald Driver has left in the tank.

I don't think that the Packers will deal Jones, but if they do, it's going to be to a team like the Texans: A contender who has a serious hole at wide receiver. There's very little depth at the wide receiver position in Houston, and they might be willing to part with a decent pick to attempt to win now.