The Josh Jones saga is over. On Sunday morning, the Green Bay Packers released him, according to a tweet from Jones himself. Espn's Adam Schefter later confirmed the news. His impending release should show up on the transaction wire soon.
It has been a strange 12 months for Jones. After a tough year in 2018 that saw him struggle to claim a role on Mike Pettine's defense early on, he ended up playing a lot of safety down the stretch due to injuries and the departures of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Jermaine Whitehead.
Then when 2019 rolled around, Jones skipped all of OTAs, reportedly in the hopes of forcing a trade out of town. He was in attendance for Minicamp - he would have been fined if he had skipped that week - but did not practice due to a hamstring issue.
Then in training camp, Jones made it into the practice field early, even getting a rew reps with the starters as a nickel and dime linebacker while serving as a second team safety. However, an illness struck before preseason games, and Jones has not participated in games or practices for at least two weeks. Some APC writers have speculated that this was a team imposed absence as Brian Gutekunst attempted to find a trade partner for Jones.
Regardless of the true reason for Jones' recent unavailability, it appears that his time with the Packers is indeed done. This will make him one of the most disappointing draft picks in Ted Thompson's tenure; he was drafted in the second round in 2017, the teams final draft with Thompson at the helm. Jones will end his Packers career having played in 29 games with 12 starts and recording three sacks, one interception, seven pass breakups, and 122 total tackles.
The Packers also announced another transaction on Saturday afternoon, releasing running back Darrin Hall.