If the Green Bay Packers planned on James Jones remaining a free agent unless and until the injury bug hit their wide receivers again, they may soon be out of luck. According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the veteran wideout has a visit scheduled with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday.
The Chargers, no strangers to a health crisis, saw Stevie Johnson tear the meniscus in his right knee. The injury requires Johnson to undergo surgery, putting his status for the start of the season in doubt. His potential absence appears to have opened the door for Jones, who led the Packers in receiving last season after the team picked him up off the street just prior to Week 1.
Though Jones' visit doesn't guarantee a contract offer, the Chargers don't have many other attractive alternatives should they wish to add a veteran. The list of still-unsigned wideouts includes few proven options. The Detroit Lions scooped up Anquan Boldin last week while Andre Johnson inked a deal to join the Tennessee Titans. Unless San Diego thinks Wes Welker or Brian Hartline have anything left in the tank, signing Jones makes the most sense to replace Johnson.
In nine seasons, Jones has accumulated 433 receptions for 5,861 yards and 51 touchdowns. He led the NFL with 14 touchdown receptions in 2012.