With free agency somewhat underway in that teams are free to contact players’ agents to discuss a deal, much of the talk in Green Bay has centered around wide receiver Greg Jennings. Jennings is unquestionably the marquis name out of Green Bay that has very solid potential to be wearing a different uniform this next season. He has even been debated as the top free agent receiver on the market with Pittsburgh receiver Mike Wallace the other half of that conversation.
But lost in the shuffle are some of the other free-agents-to-be in Green Bay, one of which is linebacker Brad Jones. According to a piece published by Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel, at least eight other teams have already contacted Jones’ agent.
Jones filled in for the injured DJ Smith in week six last season and remained the starter for the balance of the season. He did an adequate job in that role and gained some valuable playing time in the defense. With 2012 being Jones’ fourth in the team’s defensive scheme and with his contributions on special teams, Jones has become a stronger veteran presence on this roster.
Now I’m not saying that Jones is a “must sign”. If eight teams have already expressed interest, he will surely have some options to choose from, outside of Green Bay, when Tuesday rolls around. As a reminder, Tuesday is the first day that free agent deals can be finalized. But in possibly losing Jones, it does change the perspective of what the Packers may do in the draft and in free agency.
Many of you will recall that the Packers are hoping to get solid veteran linebacker Desmond Bishop and third year backer DJ Smith back in 2013. While there is a good chance that both will return, it is not a given.
Bishop needed to have his hamstring re-attached to the bone. He has been rehabbing the injury and has expressed his readiness when camp opens this summer, but that is going to be left up to the medical staff. My guess is that Bishop will be on a snap count initially and so therefore is a bit of a question mark.