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James Jones signs three-year deal with Packers

It’s not surprising the news came just a few minutes ago via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel … The Packers have agreed to terms with wide receive James Jones.

Terms of the deal are not yet available.

And it seems that Jones had some heavy hitters go to bat for him. We all know that Aaron Rodgers went public last week, saying that James Jones should be priority number one, but what we didn’t know was that Packers veteran receiver Donald Driver also put in a significant plug for Jones.

Did it influence Packers management to pick up the pace? We may never know, but what we do know is the Jones is under contract with the Packers for the next three years and only emphasizes Ted Thompson’s mantra that he likes to take care of his own.

The deal significantly solidifies the Packers’ already deep receiving corps … and more importantly, gives rookie Randall Cobb more time to learn the system and work into a receiving role with the team. It may also allow the rookie to contribute more to the Packers’ special teams to start … something the team needs desperately.

According to sources, the Vikings and Jets were interested in Jones, but put together deals with former Atlanta WR Michael Jenkins and Plaxico Burress, respectively.
Rodgers, according to Silverstein, spoke to reporters less than an hour ago but about the importance of re-signing Jones and running back John Kuhn.

There is no word about negotiations with Kuhn.

In other related news, it looks like the Buffalo Bills have put their hat in the ring to secure the services of cut linebacker Nick Barnett.

The Lions made the initial push to keep him in the NFC North, but the Bills may want to take him to the AFC East.

Pro Football talk posted a report this morning saying that according to Buffalo Rumblings, Bills receiver David Nelson tweeted regarding the fact that Barnett was at camp Saturday.

“The Bills need an inside linebacker, given the decision of Paul Posluszny to sign with the Jaguars. For those inclined to make educated guesses, the Bills also could pursue Channing Crowder, given that defensive coordinator George Edwards previously served as an assistant in Miami,” Pro Football Talk posted.

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