The Green Bay Packers ended the 2013 season with nine wide receivers either on the team's active roster, practice squad, or injured reserve. Just one of these nine players is not under contract for the 2014 season. However, that one free agent has been a key, steady contributor over the past several years, is the longest-tenured receiver on the roster, and has the most career receptions of any current Packer.
As a foil to Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, and Donald Driver for his entire career, James Jones has never eclipsed 65 receptions or 850 yards in a single season, but he has proven to be a tough, reliable option whom Aaron Rodgers trusts. His 14 touchdowns in 2012 led the league, and with 11 of them coming from inside the red zone, he has earned his keep in fighting for balls in tight spots. Here's a quick look at Jones' situation as he approaches free agency.
Jones has confirmed that he will not sign a contract extension before free agency begins, instead choosing to see where his stock lies with teams around the NFL.
14 games played, 14 starts
59 receptions, 817 yards (13.8 YPR), 3 touchdowns
Final year of three-year, $9.7 million deal
2013 compensation: $2.95 million base salary, $300,000 in roster and workout bonuses
Seven seasons, 104 games played, 47 starts
310 receptions, 4,305 yards (13.9 YPR), 37 touchdowns
2007 NFL Draft: third round pick (#78 overall)