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Packers' James Jones reportedly to hit free agency

The Green Bay Packers appear poised to watch another wide receiver walk out the door.

James Jones hasn't been offered a new contract and likely won't be offered one, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who cited an unnamed source.

"I don't think (general manager) Ted Thompson wants him," Jones' agent Frank Bauer, told McGinn at the NFL Scouting Combine.

We discussed on the "Around The League Podcast" that the emergence of Jarrett Boykin in 2013 could make Jones expendable. Boykin showed flashes last season and coach Mike McCarthy sounded confident he could take the role as a No. 3 receiver.

"I'm as high on Boykin as anybody in our building," McCarthy said Friday at the combine. "He had a heck of a year, and I still think he has another jump in him."

Jones missed two games in 2013 with a knee injury and played the final two games with broken ribs. At 30 years old he has the speed and route-running ability to be a solid veteran option on the open market.

Receiver depth in the draft and a flood of second-level talent in the free-agent market could push the price tag for Jones down.

The Packers have plenty of salary-cap space but plan to use most of it on the defensive side of the ball. If Green Bay does in fact let Jones walk, it has more to do with their confidence in Boykin than the high price of Jones.

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