2012 NFL Rumors: James Jones on the Trade Block?
The Green Bay Packers worked out a new deal to keep 36-year old veteran wide receiver Donald Driver with the team. As it turns out, keeping a veteran at the position might mean someone else could become expendable.
According to Lance Zierlein of the Houston Chronicle, the Packers could be thinking about trading wide receiver James Jones. Jones is arguably expendable with Jordy Nelson breaking out in 2011, and with a veteran presence in Driver on the roster, the team could begin to work second-year receiver Randall Cobb into a bigger role.
Green Bay makes smart choices when it comes to their roster; specifically when it comes to depth, it seems. However, even though it’s fodder for the rumor cannons at the moment, Zierlein’s speculation might have some legs.
Jones is a quality talent with room to grow into a solid starting wide receiver, but would be nothing more than the third wide receiver in Green Bay behind Nelson and Greg Jennings.
Obviously Zierlein looks to the Texans as a possible trade partner, as Houston has already parted ways with Jacoby Jones, and is counting on Lestar Jean and rookie Devier Posey to push veteran Kevin Walter. If they stand pat, they could arguably be walking into 2012 with wide receiver as a glaring weakness outside of star receiver Andre Johnson.
In addition to the Texans, other receiver-needy teams that could end up expressing interest could be the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns or Carolina Panthers.
If traded, Jones would shoot up fantasy rankings in a heart beat, as he’d go from being a third or fourth option in Green Bay to the second option (or possibly even first) on a new team. In turn, Jones’s potential departure would mean Randall Cobb would take over as the team’s top slot receiver, and his value would also quickly rise.