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Report: Oakland Raiders to release James Jones


It appears James Jones is on his way out in Oakland.

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie informed the former Packers standout, once considered a centerpiece of their 2014 free-agent class, of his impending release over the weekend, according to a CSN Bay Area report.

In one season with the Raiders, Jones had a ton of targets (112) and a solid number of receptions (73) but hasn't come close to replicating the 14-touchdown campaign he had with the Packers back in 2012 that helped vault him into free agency.

Plus, it looks like the 31-year-old is getting squeezed out with the additions of receivers Michael Crabtree and first-round draft pick Amari Cooper.

The Raiders also reportedly released offensive lineman Kevin Boothe, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo.

Cutting Jones would save the Raiders nearly $3.5 million, according to league records, which probably put McKenzie over the edge. Jones' salary-cap number was bigger than any other receiver on the roster.

The veteran should have no problem receiving a camp invite, albeit at a lower salary. Over 16 games last season, it didn't seem like Jones was running on empty.

Personally, we'd love to see him back in Green Bay putting up almost a touchdown per game.

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