Comings & Goings in Free Agency: Packers lose Jones, keep Starks, add Guion : Packers Insider

Comings & Goings in Free Agency: Packers lose Jones, keep Starks, add Guion

March 18, 2014 by  
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By Brian E Murphy, senior editor

~Following the exciting weekend blockbuster “Peppers Picks Packers”, the Packers had some more player news on Monday.

And some of it was sad news for those like me who love James Jones.

Former Packer, Reggie McKenzie in Oakland has signed another former Packer. He added Jones to his rebuilding roster with a 3-year deal worth around $10 million.

James Jones was the Packers most unheralded, under-appreciated player of the past few years. He will be missed more than anyone realizes. Well, Rodgers might.

Last year, you’ll remember, he signed another guy Ted Thompson felt was expendable in Charles Woodson. Woodson was on the decline, but him on the decline was still a hell of a lot better last year than Ted’s young guys at safety Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings. He was actually better than Morgan Burnett too.

The good news was that James Starks signed on again. Last year, Starks was very good as Eddie Lacy’s backup RB and the Packers like having the two power backs to keep each fresh. I felt Starks should have given Lacy even more rest down the stretch last year.

DuJuan Harris and Jonathan Franklin also will be back, giving the Packers a very deep and talented stable of runners.

And Thompson added one more surprise, somewhat, by signing former Viking DL/NT LeTroy Guion. He was not a guy who stood out, who many non-Viking fans were really aware of.

But at 315 pounds, with some athletic ability and twitch, he could give the Packers that faster interior lineman they have mentioned. He’s not as strong and big as Ryan Pickett or B.J. Raji, but he moves a lot better than either of those guys.


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