Jones Re-Ups with Pack; So Does Kuhn: Rodgers Is SmilingPosted:Jul 31st, 2011 8:38 pm
Like most of you, I was surprised to hear the Pack resigned WR James Jones to a new three-year deal. But when the market tightened up in the last 24 hours, he realized his dreams of a big money contract and a shot as a #1 receiver somewhere else had gone up in smoke. The Jets brought in their latest reclamation project in Plaxico Burress and the Vikings went cheap with former Falcon (and Bill Musgrave fave) Michael Jenkins.
When Aaron Rodgers went public earlier this week saying, in his mind, Jones should be the team's top priority, you can bet the front office listened. They also discovered, to their delight, that they weren't competing with any other teams and were able to sign Jones at a palatable (and at the time of this writing, unannounced) salary.
Hey, it's great to have Jones back. It lessens the concern that the team could be thin there if Donald Driver is not healthy and it lessens the need for rookie Randall Cobb to take meaningful snaps until he's comfortable with the offense. Presuming a three year deal for $10-15 million on the high side, that's a workable number for a guy that has shown big-play ability in big moments. Unfortunately, they're usually tempered by key drops at inopportune times.
The Packers have also brought back fan favorite John Kuhn, who earned every dollar of his new deal, reported to make him among the highest paid fullbacks in the league.
So in a week where the Pack lost starters Darren Colledge and Cullen Jenkins, along with reserves like Brandon Chillar, Mark Tauscher, Brandon Jackson and Brady Poppinga, it's nice to close out the craziest transactional week in NFL history with two moves that keep the Aaron Rodgers Band together. The Eagles suddenly have a deep and dangerous defense. These two moves will help keep the Pack deep and dangerous on offense.