James Jones : What’s his worth?
It’s been widely reported that GREEN BAY PACKER JAMES JONES is on the trading block.
To this Packer fan and many more, this makes a “hellofalotta” sense to me and quite a few us in Packer nation that see James “slippery hands” Jones as a non-essential and borderline questionable piece of the Packer dynasty.
The cupboard is loaded, we committed over 1 million bucks to the dancing queen, we have to make room for Cobb and Gurley, and Jer-Fich needs touches. Oh yeah, we have pro-bowlers in Jennings and Nelson. OK, trade him already before I pass out here.
So, what is he worth on the open market?
As the 4th maybe 5th option on a high potent offense he had 38 rec, 635 yards and 7 touch downs. He’s 28 and has never had a significant injury. His salary is cap friendly. So his trade valued is not fractured in anyway. He still has the magical “potential” label where a team could see him as their #1 (say Dolphins) or their #2, say Houston.
Let’s look at some recent wide receiver trades.
Lee Evans was traded for a 4th rounder from the Bills to the Ravens. Evans was the #1 with the Bills and sucked arse with the run dominant Ravens. Evans, in 9 games last year didn’t have a TD and only had 7 more catches than me. The year before Evans had worse stats than Jones. Granted different offense and different roles, but a good base line.
Brandon Lloyd who I am not going to analyze because a) my ADD won’t let me and b) he sucks and c) we are comparing apples and oranges (roles, Qb, etc). Anyways, Lloyd was worth a fifth when he was traded to Denver to St. Louis. He’s old and had one fluky big year.
How about Brandon Marshall? Marshall is a much different talent and was worth 2 second round picks that the Dolphins got in trade with the desperate Bears. Jones is not Brandon Marshall, then again Marshall is a head case and Jones has been a great teammate.
So randomly compiling all this stuff, I say James Jones is worth nothing less than a 3. And a 3 to Mr. Ted Thompson is gold. He might even be worth more, say a 2nd and a long snapper.
Pull the trigger Ted… get what you can and make room for more balls for Cobb and the crew.
– Roste Beefe