James Jones WR OAK 4 Months

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports the Lions have fallen out of the running for free agent WR James Jones.

It's possible they've decided to commit more money elsewhere, perhaps to SS T.J. Ward. Pauline reports the Jets, Giants, Dolphins, "and a fourth (undisclosed) team" are in the hunt for Jones. Jones is a quality No. 2 NFL receiver.

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TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports free agent James Jones is drawing "heavy interest" from the Lions and Jets.

Pauline adds that the Packers "may still be in the mix" for Jones, though it seems like a longshot. Jones hasn't been linked to many teams since the season ended but recently mentioned the Colts and Chargers as teams he'd be interested in. Playing alongside Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford wouldn't be a bad gig. The Jets would likely have to blow Jones away financially to land him.

James Jones WR OAK 5 Months

Free agent James Jones suggested the Colts and Chargers as possible landing spots.

The Packers have made it clear that they're going to move forward with Jarrett Boykin as their No. 3 wideout, allowing Jones to walk. The Colts certainly have a need with 35-year-old Reggie Wayne coming off a torn ACL and only unproven LaVon Brazill/Da'Rick Rogers behind T.Y. Hilton. The Chargers are equally thin behind Keenan Allen. Jones would have a chance to step in as the No. 2 wideout in plus passing schemes in both locales.

James Jones WR OAK 5 Months

Free agent James Jones said, "In a perfect world I would love to go back (to Green Bay)," but admits there is a chance he will not get that opportunity.

It is more than a chance. The Packers have shown no desire to re-sign Jones, and he is very likely to hit the free agent market. Unfortunately for Jones, that market is likely to be fairly cold due to his age -- 30 this month -- and a loaded draft and free-agent pool. Jones is our No. 7 free agent wide receiver.

James Jones WR OAK 5 Months

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports the Packers plan to let James Jones walk in free agency.

"I don't think [GM] Ted Thompson wants him," Jones' agent said. The Packers are set at receiver with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin. They also need to get Nelson and Cobb extended within the next calendar year or so. Jones could face a semi-cold market due to age (30 in March) and a loaded draft and free-agent pool at the receiver position.

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ESPN New York thinks James Jones "makes the most sense" for the Giants among the free agent wide receivers.

It seems every Packers offensive free agent is being connected to the Giants. New Giants OC Ben McAdoo was the Packers QBs coach this past season. The Giants are looking to replace Hakeem Nicks, who isn't expected back, but we really don't see GM Jerry Reese committing much money to the position. Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, and Jerrell Jernigan should make up a fine three-wide group. Signing a veteran on a cheap one-year deal could make more sense.

James Jones WR OAK 7 Months

James Jones revealed on Tuesday that he played through two broken ribs the last two weeks.

Jones says he broke his ribs in the Week 16 game against the Steelers and was spitting up blood the following day. He continued to practice and play through it, which is why he wasn't on the injury report. "Its part of the game," Jones said. "You've got to go out there." Impending free agent Jones once again reiterated his desire to re-sign with the Packers.

James Jones WR OAK 7 Months

Impending free agent James Jones wants to re-sign with the Packers.

"I'm not one of those guys who goes home and says I'm worth 30, 40 million," Jones said. "We'll see what happens when the market comes." The Packers aren't going to pay soon-to-be 30-year-old Jones top dollar or probably even what Jones could get on the open market. GM Ted Thompson isn't fond of paying veterans much guaranteed money, and he could choose to give Jones' snaps to Jarrett Boykin in 2014. Randall Cobb will handle slot receiver duties.

James Jones WR OAK 7 Months

James Jones was held to two receptions for 20 yards in Green Bay's Wild Card loss to the 49ers.

Jones had a number of chances to make plays at the intermediate and deep sections, but the Niners' defensive backs deserve credit for tight coverage on Green Bay's most physical receiver. Turning 30 in March, Jones will enter 2014 free agency coming off a 59-817-3 line during the regular season. We suspect he will depart, and be replaced by Jarrett Boykin in Green Bay.

James Jones WR OAK 7 Months

James Jones caught six passes for 41 yards in Green Bay's Week 17 win over the Bears.

Jones' seven targets were a distant second to Jordy Nelson's 16 in Aaron Rodgers' return. Jones' roller-coaster 2013 ends with 59 catches for 817 yards and three scores. He simply wasn't much of a factor during Rodgers' seven-game absence, but will be a candidate to pop big plays in the playoffs. Going on 30, Jones is headed to free agency in the offseason.