As though any doubt remained that James Jones had played his last down for the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein reports that the team has informed the receiver's agent that it has no interest in bringing him back next season.
Jones rejoined the Packers just before the start of the 2015 season after spending the preseason with the New York Giants. Green Bay's pursuit of Jones came as the result of Jordy Nelson's season-ending ACL tear and Randall Cobb's shoulder injury. In short order, Jones established himself as the go-to receiver on offense, hauling in two touchdowns during the team's Week 1 win over the Chicago Bears. Jones continued to factor heavily into Green Bay's offensive game plan throughout the year, finishing with the team lead in receiving yards (890), touchdowns (eight) and yards per reception among qualifying players (17.8).
Still, Jones turns 32 later in March and has lost a step or more over the course of his nine-year career. The Packers have invested five draft picks in the receiving corps over the last two seasons and have committed nearly $80 million in extensions for Nelson and Cobb. That leaves little room for Jones, who has sat on the open market for three weeks.
Of course, if injuries hit Green Bay's wideouts again, the team could change their tune regarding Jones if he remains available.