Wide receiver James Jones made it public over the weekend that he would like to sign with the Panthers. But hey, a job's a job, and Jones has decided that joining the Raiders is just fine, too. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders and the former Packers wideout agreed to a three-year deal worth $11.3 million on Monday. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Jones, who attended high and college in San Jose, Calif.
Jones is only a year removed from a 14-touchdown season. He scored just three times in 2013 but also set career-high with 817 yards.
The Raiders had a need at wideout with Denarius Moore and Rod Streater as their top WRs. Jones should be their new No. 1 right away. However, Oakland needs a quarterback even more so. Matt McGloin or Terrelle Pryor are not the answer, so expect Oakland to to end up with one of the Big 3 QBs with their No. 5 draft slot in May. While that could prove to be great for the future of the franchise, none of those quarterbacks are considered finished products, and they will need lots of time and teaching to reach their potential. As such, Jones is going to witness quite a difference between catching passes from Aaron Rodgers and whomever the Raiders send out under center in 2014. And if the Raiders' choice does blossom into a star, will it happen soon enough for Jones, who turns 30 in two weeks, to really benefit? This addition has "bust" written all over it.
The Packers will easily move on with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Jarrett Boykin as their top three wide receivers.