The Green Bay Packers apparently were unwilling to offer receiver James Jones a contract similar to or slightly better than the one he just finished with them.
Jones’ new three-year contract with the Oakland Raiders averages $3.33 million and includes $3.8 million in first-year pay, according to a source with access to NFL salary information. The deal he just completed with the Packers also was for three years, averaged $3.2 million a season and paid $3.75 million in the first year.
A report on NFL.com on Monday did not list the Packers among the teams in the final running for Jones, which presumably means their contract offer wasn’t in the ballpark of what he signed with the Raiders.
All signs suggest the Packers have made a much higher priority at receiver of signing Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb to contract extensions now that they’re in the final year of their deals.
Jones, who turns 30 later this month, is the oldest of the three. Nelson will be 29 in May, and Cobb will be 24 in August.
Jones’ contract with the Raiders is worth $10 million over the three seasons and includes a guaranteed roster bonus this year of $2 million plus a guaranteed base salary this season of $1.65 million, for $3.65 million in guaranteed pay.
With his $150,000 workout bonus, he will make $3.8 million in the first year.
In 2015 and 2016, Jones will make $3.1 million ($2.95 million base salary and a $150,000 workout bonus).
He also has incentives of up to $433,333 each season.