The Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed WR James Jones to a three-year contract.
Terms of the three-year deal were not immediately released.
Raiders reached agreement with former Packers WR James Jones, per ESPN source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2014
Jones has established himself as a smart, tough receiver with dynamic ability after the catch since entering the league as a third round pick (No. 78 overall) out of San Jose State in 2007. He faced a relatively c0ld market due to his age (turns 30 later this month) and less-than-impressive production (310 career receptions for 4,305 yards and 37 TDs in seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers), on top of a loaded draft and free agent pool at the position.
Nevertheless, despite his inconsistent hands, Jones could prove to be a great bargain. He’s started 30 games and caught 123 passes for 1,601 yards and 17 touchdowns over the last two seasons.
Raiders giving former Packers WR James Jones a three-year deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2014
He gives the Raiders a physical presence with an ability to win contested catches and stretch the field.
The rest of the Raiders’ receiver pecking order is to-be-determined between Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes and whowever else the team manages to reel in from the open market and the 2014 NFL Draft.
Jones was also linked to the San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers.
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Written By: Michael Gartman
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