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New York Giants Likely to Target Wide Receiver James Jones?

February 8th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

What becomes of New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks remains to be seen, but the general consensus is that he will not return in 2014. As such, the Giants may be in the market for another wide receiver, and now that Ben McAdoo will be calling the plays for them, familiarity could play a role in that search. As such, speculation has begun to circulate about the Giants' potential interest in pending Green Bay Packers free agent James Jones.

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The likely key with Jones, as opposed to other high-profile free agents like Golden Tate, is that he's unlikely to break the bank. And with a ton of money already tied up in Victor Cruz, as well as guaranteed roster spots for Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan (who thought we'd ever say that about JJ?), he would appear to make the most sense.

And while a recent projection run by Over the Cap has James landing with the New York Jets, it's his anticipated contract that screams Giants: two-years, $6 million.

With Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin and plenty of holes to fill on defense, it’d surprise me if Green Bay made much of an attempt to resign the soon-to-be 30-year-old.

Jones signed a 3-year deal worth almost $10 million after the Packers 2010 Super Bowl run, as the market for Jones’ services was dry. Now 3 years older, Jones will have even less suitors, and he’ll surely get less than that this time around.

In 104 career games, Jones has caught 310 passes for 4,305 yards and 37 touchdowns. His best season came in 2012 when he hauled in 64 passes for 784 yards and 14 touchdowns.


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3 Responses to “New York Giants Likely to Target Wide Receiver James Jones?”

  1.  Nosh.0 says:

    I like Jones and think he would be a good fit, but I can’t see us paying any WR even that much. I expect to see us sign a couple guys at the vet minimum or close to.

    Here’s where I expect us to spend our money.
    - At least one high profile OL
    - Jon Beason
    - Corner. This is something we haven’t talked about much but there are a couple of guys that I think can be serviceable #2 CB’s with upside, that may not break the bank. Rodgers Cromartie and Vontae Davis are intriguing.
    - TE Brandon Pettigrew. If he’s cheaper than Marty B.
    - RB I’d love Ben Tate on a 1 year prove it deal like Marty B. Then he can go cash out to some other team. James Starks could be cheap depth.
    - WR There are a ton of guys we can get down the list who can be good #3-5 WR’s. Which is what we’re looking for. One name not to rule out is Santonio Holmes on a cheap 1 year. Guys like Josh Morgan, Manningham and Heyward Bey should come cheap. Reese was a big DHB fan when he came out of college.

    •  Nosh.0 says:

      Actually never mind on the Corners (DRC and Vontae) sounds like both those dudes are going to get nice pay days.

      •  BillyS says:

        Yeah, they’re going to get their paydays and even though they’re good, I don’t think they’re worth the $$ they’ll get on the open market. I wouldn’t mind a veteran CB and then investing a high draft pick in that position. You can never have enough DBs…

        As for James Jones…eh. I personally think we have enough guys right now where we could either sign a vet to a cheap 1 year deal, or just invest a late round pick and hope they’re talented enough to do well in a very limited role. It’s not that JJ isn’t good, it’s just that we have much, much more important needs right now on both sides of the ball and he’s more of a luxury than a necessity at this point.

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