After a stint with the San Diego Chargers that lasted just shy of a month, now free agent wide receiver James Jones can’t explain why he’s still on the open market.
Four years ago, Jones led the NFL in touchdown receptions. But after bouncing around from Green Bay to Oakland to the New York Giants and back to Green Bay last season, no NFL teams seem interested in the 32-year-old’s services.
“It is a little shocking to me that I’m not on a ball club after the 2015 season,” Jones told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I feel like I can still help a team.”
The Chargers might have felt the same way when they signed Jones at the beginning of August. San Diego was searching for help at the position after losing depth wide receiver Steve Johnson at the beginning of training camp. However, Jones struggled to overtake youngsters Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman on the depth chart.
There’s always a market for help at wide receiver, as plenty of teams are constantly searching for depth players. Jones has also been a reliable red-zone weapon and put up an impressive eight touchdowns last season during his return campaign with the Packers. Of course, part of that was a byproduct of catching passes from Aaron Rodgers in a pass-happy offense. Jones has also caught at least 50 passes and racked up at least 666 receiving yards during each of the past four seasons, so consistency hasn’t been an issue as of late.
Jones clearly wants work, now he needs to find a team willing to hire him.