clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

James Jones reunites with Packers, per report

New, comments

One of Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets has returned to Green Bay.

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers appeared to have interest in bringing in a veteran receiver shortly after Jordy Nelson's season-ending ACL tear. Now, the team has brought back James Jones, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Jones, who played in Green Bay for the first seven years of his career, became available when the New York Giants released him during their final cutdown earlier this week. The receiver spent the pervious season with the Oakland Raiders, where he caught 73 passes for 666 yards and six touchdowns. At 31, Jones has perhaps lost a step, but his rapport with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and familiarity with the Mike McCarthy's offense makes him an obvious fit for the Packers.

To make room for Jones, the team must cut someone from the roster. That player could be a backup receiver such as Myles White, but it could also come from elsewhere on the roster. Green Bay currently has nine offensive linemen and 11 defensive backs. Accordingly, general manager Ted Thompson may elect to slash a back-of-the-roster player such as Josh Walker or Chris Banjo to open up a spot for Jones instead.

For his career, Jones has amassed 383 receptions, 4,971 receiving yards and 43 touchdowns. In 2012, he led the NFL in touchdown receptions with 14.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.