Wide receiver signs four-year deal

Jones will compete for backup spot at receiver and return specialist

Wide receiver James Jones signed a four-year contract with the Green Bay Packers today, Scout.com reports. Jones was selected in the third round (78th overall) by the Packers in the recent NFL Draft.

With Jones under contract, only first-round pick Justin Harrell remains unsigned.

A league source informed Scout.com that Jones will receive base salaries of $285,000 this year; $370,000 in 2008; $460,000 in 2009; and $550,000 in 2010. Jones received a signing bonus of around $742,000, according to the source.

Jones will be competing against Ruvell Martin, Robert Ferguson, David Clowney, Carlyle Holiday and Shaun Bodiford, among others, for a roster spot behind starters Donald Driver and Greg Jennings in training camp.

Jones started 21 of 44 games at San Jose State. He caught 126 passes for 1,496 yards (11.2 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. He gained 126 yards with a score on 24 reverses (9.53 avg.) and completed 3 of 7 passes (42.9 percent) for 58 yards and a touchdowns. Jones made nine tackles (six solos) on special teams and returned 42 punts for 307 yards (7.3 avg.).

"His ability to catch the ball and break tackles, always moving forward with it," said Packers receivers coach Jimmy Robinson about Jones. "Stiff-arming guys. Kind of a resourceful kind of guy with the ball in his hands and never letting the first guy get him down. He plays big. ...Just a real natural hand catcher and plays with a lot of enthusiasm. He makes it happen. As a group, we were all on the same page as a guy that we liked early on."

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