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Packers actually did tender Jackson and Jones

Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:52 am
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

It was believed last week that the Green Bay Packers opted not to tender key backup restricted free agents Brandon Jackson and James Jones. Not true, apparently.

Pro Football Talk confirms that Jackson, a fifth-year running back, and Jones, a fifth-year wideout, were both given one-year RFA tenders. Jackson received a third-round tender (meaning any team that chooses to sign him would have to give the Packers a third-round draft choice). It is not known what level of tender Jones received.

These particular RFA tenders will likely be a moot point in the end; if a new CBA is hammered out, players with four years of experience are expected to be unrestricted free agents. Thus, the real significance of this news is that the Packers do actually care -- at least to a certain extent -- about keeping Jackson and Jones around.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:27 pm
 

Packers actually did tender Jackson and Jones

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Packers actually did tender Jackson and Jones

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Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Packers actually did tender Jackson and Jones

@budgreenbay... I'm a Packers fan, and if I had to choose, I'd pick Jackson over Jones any day and twice on Sunday (pun intended).  However, that's not really the point.  I don't know if I would make any significant financial effort to keep Jones.  Similar to the other post, he drops the ball A LOT and does so at some of the most inopportune times. In the big picture of things, Green Bay has never had great difficulty finding good receivers (let alone fourth or fifth options) - especially with a more reduced role now that Finley is back in play.



Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:01 pm
 

Packers actually did tender Jackson and Jones

Jackson was unable to carry the load when Ryan Grant went down, but back in his role as a backup/third down back next season, he can fill that role better than most.  Jones needs to have a breakout season to convince the coaches that he, not Jordy Nelson, is ready to take the starting job from Donald Driver.  Despite both players having issues with drops, Nelson has shown more productivity and has gained the confidence of the coaching staff and quarterback.  I would want both players back next year, but this is more of a critical year for Jones than Jackson.



Since: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Packers actually did tender Jackson and Jones

Actually, I'd rather keep Jones that Jackson.  Jackson is a decent blocking back (something it took him awhile to learn) and a high-effort guy, but lacks decisiveness and quickness.  Jones is a receiver that had good hands his first few years in the league and MAY have been hindered by a sprained thumb that he played with this last season... not an excuse here, just trying to figure out how the guy with the best hands on the team could become the guy with the worst hands.  I've gotta believe it's fixable.  In addition, Jones is a critical cog in the WR rotation for the Packers who have a declining Donald Driver at the end of his outstanding career.  If you only saw the super bowl, you'd think Jordy Nelson had frozen steaks for hands, but he's normally much more consistent.  The same can be said of Jones... if you only watched him this year, you'd want to jettison him, but his body of work is much better.



Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Packers actually did tender Jackson and Jones

Of course you'd let him go.  That way your Bears could pick him up.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Packers actually did tender Jackson and Jones

I'd let Jones go - he misses too many crucial passes. He makes some clutch catches, but hurts you with his prime time misses.


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