Packers had ‘interest’ in Julio Jones, who signs with Buccaneers

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Is this a signing the Green Bay Packers will regret not making happen?

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, wide receiver Julio Jones is signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Schefter added that Jones “drew interest” from various teams, including the Packers.

The Packers happen to need a WR1. Will they regret not signing Jones?

Unfortunately for the rest of the league, Jones to Tampa Bay is a win-win for both sides.

Jones gets to join arguably the best team in the NFL. He now has a real shot at winning a Super Bowl.

For the Buccaneers, it’s a no-brainer.

In Tampa Bay, Julio won’t be asked to be the WR1. The Buccaneers already have two star receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and they also added Russell Gage in free agency.

Jones has struggled to stay healthy the past couple of years, but when he has been available, it’s clear he’s still an incredibly talented pass-catcher.

The seven-time Pro Bowler could have been just what the Packers needed.

While Jones may not be the superstar wide receiver he once was, he can still contribute. Green Bay wouldn’t need a 1,000-yard season from him. But imagine a playoff game when the offense desperately needs a first down.

Aaron Rodgers would have a reliable target in Julio Jones, one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play in the NFL.

You just know Jones will make a key contribution for the Buccaneers at some point in the postseason.

It’s a smart piece of business by the Buccaneers. Like the Packers, they are all-in for 2022.

Unfortunately for the Packers, they will now need an answer defensively for arguably the best wide receiver corps in the league when they play the Buccaneers this season. And the same could be true if the two teams meet in the playoffs.