Raiders sign former Packers WR James Jones

Raiders sign former Packers WR James Jones
March 17, 2014, 3:00 pm
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James Jones attended Gunderson High School in San Jose and played his college ball at San Jose State. (USATI)

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The Raiders were on the hunt for a veteran receiver. They got one to lead a young, talented corps by signing James Jones to a three-year contract on Monday afternoon. 

A source told CSN reporter Fallon Smith that Jones's contract is worth $11.3 million and $4.5 million in guaranteed money. 

General manager Reggie McKenzie is familiar with Jones’ handiwork. He was Green Bay director of player personnel when Jones was with the Packers. Jones spent seven professional seasons with Green Bay, with steady production that should help a Raiders passing game that lacked a consistent playmaker.

The San Jose native had 59 catches for a career-high 817 yards and had three touchdowns in 2013. Jones had a whopping 14 touchdowns in 2012. The Raiders have added yet another player with recent playoff experience and a Super Bowl ring, showing a clear commitment to bring players from winning clubs to the East Bay.

The Raiders already have Denarius Moore, Andre Holmes and Rod Streater under contract, and are expected to select another receiver in the NFL Draft.

Check back to CSN Bay Area for further details.