Kansas City Chiefs: Could James Jones Be A Potential Target


The Kansas City Chiefs may have wrapped up the 2015 NFL Draft this past weekend, but there are still some lingering questions about certain positions. One of those is at wide receiver, and the Chiefs should keep their eyes on James Jones, who was released by the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, according to Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area.

Despite having nine total picks in this year’s draft, the Chiefs only came away with two wide receivers, and didn’t take their first until the third round. Kansas City had several opportunities early on to draft a receiver, but instead opted to beef up the secondary and offensive line, neither of which were bad calls by any means.

James Jones would be a nice veteran pickup for a Chiefs wide receiving squad that had zero touchdowns last season. Jones was originally a member of the Green Bay Packers, where he spent seven years and had over 4,300 receiving yards and 37 touchdowns during that span.

After 2013, Jones became a free agent and signed with AFC West rival Oakland on a three-year deal. I’m assuming the signing of Michael Crabtree and drafting Alabama receiver Amari Cooper fourth overall led to Jones’ release from Oakland.

Jones could be a great number two option in Kansas City, as Jeremy Maclin will for sure be awarded that number one spot. Conor Orr of NFL.com even stated that Jones would likely earn a lower salary, which is music to the Chiefs’ ears with all of their money related issues the past few off seasons.

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Aside from Maclin, the Chiefs drafted two receivers in Chris Conley (Georgia) and Da’Ron Brown (Northern Illinois) and also have Jason Avant and Albert Wilson as well. Avant or Wilson will likely get the nod to start at number two, but things would be different for sure if Jones found his way to Kansas City.

Jones is 31 years old, which could play into teams not wanting to sign him. He certainly didn’t show many signs of slowing down in 2014 though, as just last season, Jones had 73 receptions for over 660 yards and six touchdowns in what will end up as his only season as an Oakland Raider.

It was a rough season for Oakland last year, as they went the first 10 weeks of the season without a win. Their first win came against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 12 on Thursday Night Football, but the Chiefs got revenge a few weeks later by defeating the Raiders 31-13 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Oakland made this decision because they could afford to move on from Jones, and he won’t have any trouble finding a new team in the NFL. Hopefully John Dorsey, Andy Reid, and the Chiefs reach out and attempt to sign James Jones because he would instantly make this receiving group pretty dang good alongside Jeremy Maclin.

Would you want to see James Jones sign with the Kansas City Chiefs or do you think they’re good with the wide receivers they have on the roster now?

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