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Raiders reach three-year agreement with James Jones

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The Raiders, who had no lack of money to spend in free agency, have made another addition, this time on offense.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Oakland has struck a three-year deal with Packers wide receiver James Jones, the fourth-best free agent left on the market, per PFT’s rankings.

A San Jose, California native, the 29-year-old Jones caught 59 passes for 817 yards and three touchdowns for the Packers in 2013. He joins a Raiders receiving corps that has shown some potential, with Rod Streater, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes all intriguing.

Jones, who turns 30 at the end of March, will be the most experienced member of the Raiders’ receiving corps. He will also work again with Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie, who worked in the Packers’ personnel department for the first five seasons of Jones’ career (2007-2011) before departing for Oakland.

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  1. thevikesarebest says: Mar 17, 2014 6:10 PM

    He wanted to leave that laughable annoying clown music criminal supporting franchise known as the packers.but why did he go to the faiders?probably wanted to get away from those ugly Turdbay uniforms.SKOL

  2. shadowoflambeau311 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:10 PM

    Good luck James!

  3. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 17, 2014 6:11 PM

    The Packers are really improving their team this offseason.

  4. packfanaj12 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:12 PM

    James Jones, you will be missed running around in Green and Gold… Best wishes to a very classy player!

  5. pantherfan40 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:16 PM

    damn wanted the panthers to get him

  6. raidermick3sb3rings says: Mar 17, 2014 6:17 PM

    Another great signing for the Raiders! Were just starting…stay tuned! What am I saying, everyone is in tune with what ever the Raiders do!

    Late…

  7. theoriginalbvan says: Mar 17, 2014 6:17 PM

    Good luck JJ.
    You were a good teammate and citizen!

  8. jimicos says: Mar 17, 2014 6:17 PM

    And yet they somehow survived Jennings’ departure. That guy’s really tearing it up over there, isn’t he?

  9. wayneflores says: Mar 17, 2014 6:17 PM

    Another Green Bay reject.. great job Reggie ! Do the Raider Nation a favor take frigging Green Bay off your speed dial !

    Great receivers were available, but too busy kissing Baby Davis’ behind.

  10. motsuret06 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:18 PM

    Ditto for the Panthers. No wide receivers at all. Gettleman has a plan. Spread the Word.

  11. golforepar says: Mar 17, 2014 6:19 PM

    I love the posts with name calling, its another way of proving a lack of intellect. Keep proving yourselves!
    Best of luck, James!

  12. str8cashomie17 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:19 PM

    Another solid signing. Big Reg really rebounded from the Saffold fiasco.

  13. pantherfan40 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:22 PM

    at least the packers have some receivers us panthers dont have any

  14. purplepanteez says: Mar 17, 2014 6:24 PM

    Well… He’s going from one team with Lombardi trophies in the case to another. He’ll fit right in.

    Still would have liked to have seen him in Minnesota to continue the tradition of my Vikings taking on Packers’ castoffs.

    The thought of Ponder passing to him was just too scary.

    Which makes me appreciate the bravery of Greg Jennings even more.

    #BraveJennings

  15. axespray says: Mar 17, 2014 6:24 PM

    Do the Seahawks/Saints/Patriots have to hear nonsense from the bottom ringers in their divisions during the off season every year?

    Or are jets fans smart enough to shut up til their team does something worth respecting.

  16. pilonflats says: Mar 17, 2014 6:24 PM

    Good News Raider Nation!!!

  17. dethsupport says: Mar 17, 2014 6:25 PM

    The Packers are going to be battling the Cowboys for most mediocre in 2014.

  18. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 17, 2014 6:25 PM

    I liked James and am sorry to see him go but we have his heir apparent in Boykin. We’ll find a receiver in the draft and not miss a beat.

  19. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 17, 2014 6:26 PM

    I’m surprised it took Jones this long to find a team. Carolina should of signed him.

  20. jimmysee says: Mar 17, 2014 6:26 PM

    We wish James nothing but good fortune!

  21. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 17, 2014 6:27 PM

    Sad to see this as I really hoped he’d be back in Titletown. Hard worker, team player and seems like a good guy overall.

  22. slugdub says: Mar 17, 2014 6:27 PM

    Welcome back the Bay Area! Look forward to seeing your shred the Donkey, SuperChokers and Chefs secondary’s.

  23. minnesnowda says: Mar 17, 2014 6:27 PM

    He is going to fade off into the abyss without Rodgers throwing at him unless I’m wrong.

  24. asusundevil08 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:27 PM

    Awesome acq for the Raiders! This guy was one of my favorite Packers because of his toughness, hands, and clutch ability. He’s definitely not a burner, but he can get separation and is an awesome route runner. Best of luck, James…

  25. purplezimmerpride says: Mar 17, 2014 6:28 PM

    Still too many weapons for my Vikings NFC North worst defense to stop.

  26. westcoastraider says: Mar 17, 2014 6:28 PM

    One Nation!!!

  27. robgilman says: Mar 17, 2014 6:28 PM

    I like it. Now we just need someone who can throw it to him

  28. vipod4ever says: Mar 17, 2014 6:28 PM

    Solid vet signing. It does narrow their options in the draft to either qb or o-line. After watching Bridewaters pro-day I hope it’s o-line.

  29. andreboy1 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:30 PM

    Never to be heard from again.

  30. qdog112 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:31 PM

    Thanks Raiders, it takes the pressure off Carolina to sign you. Man, that was close.

  31. moneymike23 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:32 PM

    I would take this guy over Golden Tate anytime.

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:34 PM

    James Jones was a very good Packer, and like many of our players he leaves Green Bay with a Superbowl ring as remembrance of his time there.

    Good luck James!

  33. richsurges says: Mar 17, 2014 6:35 PM

    Very classy guy! Came from humble beginning, and made the most of his opportunity. Best of luck James…

  34. lambeauphan says: Mar 17, 2014 6:37 PM

    Congrats James! Good luck out in Oakland, you will be missed in GB but will always be part of the history that brought the Lombardi trophy back to 2165 Lombardi Ave.

  35. raiderraffeal says: Mar 17, 2014 6:37 PM

    Jones will show the younger WR how to be consistent and work hard with great work ethic. Good solid pick up.

  36. 15starr says: Mar 17, 2014 6:37 PM

    I feel sorry for him.. That sucks

  37. theblackrook says: Mar 17, 2014 6:41 PM

    James Jones was a pro and a great wide receiver. He will be missed. Oakland, don’t fret that you didn’t get Tate, Jones will prove his worth quickly. He’s a gamer who will do what it takes to help his team and he’ll be great for young wide receivers. You will be missed JJ, you will be missed.

  38. Shinnbone says: Mar 17, 2014 6:41 PM

    From the Penthouse to the Outhouse.

  39. raiderrich510 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:42 PM

    And all you haters on here trying to be funny….Our Superbowls are 30 years old…..and you STILL havent caught up to us!!!! RAIDERS!!!

  40. beerbratscheese says: Mar 17, 2014 6:43 PM

    I had a feeling he wasn’t going to be back with the Green and Gold. He’s just too good to be a #3 receiver.

    Raiders fans, count your blessings, this guy will be a model citizen and teammate. His hands have definitely improved over the years, as he was only credited with two drops last year. I can all but guarantee you won’t be disappointed with this signing.

    Best of luck to you James!

  41. emoney826 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:51 PM

    Can’t hate. Best of luck to him. Last two years he finally grew a pair of hands. Before that, he couldn’t catch anything. Now the Raiders just need a qb and a defense

  42. aldante66 says: Mar 17, 2014 6:54 PM

    I liked the guy but thought his speed dropped way off last year and his production suffered. Hopefully this works out for both teams.

  43. tdubdizzle says: Mar 17, 2014 6:55 PM

    James Jones, Justin Tuck, Lamarr Woodley and Usama Young… What do they all have In common? A Superbowl ring. And they have all been signed or resigned to the Raiders in the past week. What’s with all the negativity? Don’t you guys know how Champions are made?

  44. hrmlss says: Mar 17, 2014 6:55 PM

    Good Luck James! Wanted you back, but Now you can be a #1!

  45. mpoles says: Mar 17, 2014 6:56 PM

    Looks like a good solid siging for us (although we can’t be certain of that until we see the $$$).

    One small observation: Packers fans on this site are about the classiest and most knowledgeable. A credit to their team.

  46. leroysbutler says: Mar 17, 2014 6:57 PM

    He’ll have to keep his doors locked at night now, but this guy is a class act. Why can’t all receivers act like him?

  47. gsomatt says: Mar 17, 2014 6:57 PM

    He’s got a ring, is getting up in NFL-age, got some good money to go play a few years in front of the home crowd.

    Classy player. He’ll be missed. Best of luck JJ!

  48. El Pollo Loco says: Mar 17, 2014 6:58 PM

    So who’s going to throw him the ball?

  49. nyneal says: Mar 17, 2014 6:58 PM

    As a Packer fan, I wish Jones the best. He was a class act and good player for the Packers. He will mentor the Raiders young receivers and be a positive in their locker room. And, he will play well for them, too.

  50. raiderrob21 says: Mar 17, 2014 7:00 PM

    Welcome back home James. Another SOLID signing by Reggie and crew. Keep up the great work.

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

  51. babygaga19 says: Mar 17, 2014 7:00 PM

    After a week of free agency he was the 4th best receiver left??? Wow, what a score!

  52. wafflestomp says: Mar 17, 2014 7:01 PM

    Very good pro, never had the overall talent to blossom into a starter. Understood the game of football and his role on the team.

    Classy player. He will be missed.

  53. nfcnorthuser says: Mar 17, 2014 7:06 PM

    Great signing for the Raiders!! Al Davis would be proud! This is one tough receiver, not afraid of the middle of the field, and doesn’t shy from contact… Green Bay is very sad to see him leave, he’s just way to good to be a 3rd receiver. Again nice signing!

    -Packer fan

  54. raiderraffeal says: Mar 17, 2014 7:09 PM

    MAN, you have got to love the Packer Fans. I tip my hat to the Packer Fans on here with all the well wishes and positive comments. Cheers to you!!!

  55. tdubdizzle says: Mar 17, 2014 7:09 PM

    Reggie usually signs players in bunches I bet another player is signed by the end of the day.

  56. danieljameswhite70 says: Mar 17, 2014 7:24 PM

    Nice

  57. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 17, 2014 7:28 PM

    This thread makes me proud and humble to be a Packer fan. Hopefully we are setting a gracious example for those degenerate Viking fans.

  58. rastaraider says: Mar 17, 2014 7:33 PM

    Welcome home!

  59. humb0lt says: Mar 17, 2014 7:34 PM

    James Jones played for my alma mater. I hate to see him destroy his NFL career playing for the Raiders.

  60. rhemish says: Mar 17, 2014 7:36 PM

    Sign Jared a h Melton pat sims and yes Reggie we need a LT

  61. acmepacker says: Mar 17, 2014 7:38 PM

    I didn’t expect to see JJ back but was hoping GB would find a way to keep him. Good luck to him. Raiders are getting a good receiver, a class act person and a great addition to whatever community he lives in. I’m glad we had him in GB. He’s strong and he’s tough and he has shaken the dropsies, no more hands of stone.

  62. r8dernation says: Mar 17, 2014 7:39 PM

    Now this is an exciting signing on offense. He brings loads of experience to a very young receiving corp.

  63. minnesnowda says: Mar 17, 2014 7:40 PM

    He should enjoy LA next year good signing Raiders.

  64. rondo1260 says: Mar 17, 2014 7:43 PM

    Jones was a great Packer. He tried free agency a couple years ago but he had dropped too many balls and scared teams off. He swallowed his pride and returned to Green Bay and worked his a$$ off to improve. He did just that and put up a monster season in 2012 and vastly improved his catch stats. He is a very good #2 and I’m glad someone noticed. Thanks for the memories, James.

  65. jjackwagon says: Mar 17, 2014 7:48 PM

    Good receiver but who will throw him the ball?

  66. howsaboutit says: Mar 17, 2014 7:50 PM

    why don’t all you Vikings fans go post on your teams stories instead of stinking up all the other teams. It’s getting old already.

  67. tangysizzl says: Mar 17, 2014 7:59 PM

    Congrats to Jones for signing with the Silver and Black. Good WR, better person, good luck man.

  68. tonyc920 says: Mar 17, 2014 8:01 PM

    Good for you James Jones. We enjoyed having you as a person in the GB community. You frustrated us on the field a few times but you learned from it and became a better player in the process. Hoped you would stick around a couple more years but you’ll be back someday and we will applaud. Good Luck to you and your family.
    You’re goin back home.

  69. shaggytoodle says: Mar 17, 2014 8:02 PM

    Thanks for the great years in GB. Raiders fans got a very good WR. He doesn’t have screaming speed, or is imposing measurables, and as all WRs he does have drops, but he has worked really hard at reducing them, he runs routes well, run blocks decent, goes over the middle, and can snag jump balls.

    He is a great number 2 WR. Good luck in Oak.

  70. 4to12andbeyond says: Mar 17, 2014 8:02 PM

    We have the firepower to compensate some of what will be missed from losing Jones, but not all of it.

    Any team is lucky to have a guy like him: hard-working, physical, team-oriented, and talented. Good signing by the Raiders, if they get a QB James will be an all-pro.

  71. ariani1985 says: Mar 17, 2014 8:03 PM

    No more clown music

  72. vikescry1 says: Mar 17, 2014 8:07 PM

    good luck james jones you will be missed.

  73. milkcan44 says: Mar 17, 2014 8:09 PM

    Glad you got your payday James. Hope going home makes you happy, and that they get some players to support you. Everybody in Green Bay will remember you as a class act. Come back for the reunion celebrations.

  74. slick50ks says: Mar 17, 2014 8:11 PM

    It’s sad to see bad things happen to a good guy.

    Sorry for your loss JJ. (of a real team to play on)

  75. greenandgoldgirl says: Mar 17, 2014 8:34 PM

    So sad to see JJ leave, such a class act and great guy. I wish him the best of luck and will miss him on Sundays. Thanks for all you did in Green Bay on and off the field. Raiders, you got a good one in JJ, best of luck!

  76. pfic15 says: Mar 17, 2014 8:36 PM

    Carolina should’ve signed he and Britt. What is that GM doing?

  77. Little Earthquake says: Mar 17, 2014 8:39 PM

    Packer Nation will miss Jones, but he’ll look good in Silver & Black. Hope they find a quality QB to get him the ball.

  78. packerpauly says: Mar 17, 2014 8:50 PM

    See you JJ. Thanks for the great years of service and I hope that Oakland makes the playoffs while you’re there. Jones is a solid player and a good person off of the field, too. Nice pickup, Oakland!

  79. pantherpro says: Mar 17, 2014 8:54 PM

    More wasted money for another 4-12 season

  80. ajd4 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:01 PM

    Would have liked to keep him but one of my favorite Packers, it’s cool he gets to go home and play out his career with a ring on his finger, his numbers were down last year due to injury that he played through but he carried the Packer receivers the year before with Nelson and Jennings banged up.

  81. zinjaboy says: Mar 17, 2014 9:05 PM

    Our loss in Green Bay. He aged well – better hands as he progressed. Good guy. We’ll miss him.

  82. ptisme says: Mar 17, 2014 9:06 PM

    I’m really proud of what a great pro and great man JJ has become. Sad to see you leave but glad to see you play in front of your home crowd. A Packer Fan.

  83. steves11 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:09 PM

    “at least the packers have some receivers us panthers dont have any”

    That can be remedied. Trade your #1 draft pick to the Eagles for DeSean Jackson. They’ll do that deal.

  84. jayniner says: Mar 17, 2014 9:58 PM

    Ah, the Raiders. Where players go to die….figuratively….or not.

  85. rickrock6661982 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:20 PM

    Thank god the Lions signed Golden Tate and not James “stone hands” Jones.

    Nice try on the reverse psychology, Packers fans.

  86. shinedown37 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:37 PM

    Not a big loss, especially when the packers have Cobb, Nelson, and Boykin who is expected to replace Jones, now to draft or bring in some undrafted free agents and the packers will be fine at WR. Fix the OL and Defense and the pack will be back. Good Luck Jones, you were a good player, person, and teammate.

  87. beerndrums says: Mar 17, 2014 10:56 PM

    The Raiders aren’t messing around

  88. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Mar 17, 2014 11:08 PM

    From one dump to the next. At least he’ll have a better stadium to play in.

  89. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 17, 2014 11:21 PM

    It is easy to say good things about Jones and near impossible to say anything bad.

    Aaron Rodgers spread the ball around among the receivers so Jones didn’t have the stats he might have if he played elsewhere, though he did have plenty of touchdowns.

    He may draw so much attention with the Raiders with double teams that other players get open.

    He is the best receiver the Raiders have had since Tim Brown. Like Tim Brown he is good without having to be a loud mouth showboat that too many receivers are in today’s NFL.

    The Raiders should be very happy they got this done.

  90. boltdaddy says: Mar 17, 2014 11:21 PM

    Hard to get excited about a 100 yards per game guy

  91. rajbais says: Mar 17, 2014 11:23 PM

    What is Dave Caldwell doing???

    He wanted to play with Cam and they just let him go ruin his own career with mcgloin???

  92. contra74isloosbuthole says: Mar 18, 2014 12:06 AM

    Very underrated WR. We will miss him but given GBs talent at WR he was expendable. At least he leaves a a world champion. He has a great story. Myself and many others will always be fans. Hope he finds a QB that can get him the ball.

  93. dgt178 says: Mar 18, 2014 10:43 AM

    …..truth is….boykin is just as good as jones for 1/10th the money…..for real….a no-brainer…..good luck jones…but remember….aaron rodgers isn’t going to the raiders with you…..

  94. judsonjr says: Mar 18, 2014 2:53 PM

    Pretty sure he was just using Carolina as leverage for a few extra dollars. Jones is from the Bay Area and went to college there, so it makes sense that he’d go there.

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