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Oakland Raiders Rumors: WR James Jones to be released, Amari Cooper and Dez Bryant enough?

The Oakland Raiders intentionally upgraded the widereceiver position in April by signing Michael Crabtree and drafting Alabama receiver Amari Cooper.

With the two additions in the roster, the Raiders are planning to cut wide receiver James Jones, who happened to be the leader in receptions in 2014, according to ESPN. It would be a surprising move, given the fact that Jones is a legitimate wide receiver with the capability to excel.

CSN Bay Area reported Monday that Jones mentioned in a text that he was being released. The Raiders acquired and signed Jones to a three-year, $10 million deal in 2014 coming from the Green Bay Packers. By releasing Jones, the Raiders will save about $3.4 million in cap space.

Jones, 31, caught 73 catches for 666 yards. He was the primary target of quarterback Derek Carr on third down in 2014.

As per ACME Packing Co report:

2014 was Jones’ first season with the Raiders after a seven-year stint in Green Bay. The veteran wideout led Oakland with 73 catches and six touchdowns. He finished second on the team in receiving yards with 666.

Jones was far more prolific as a member of the Packers. His best season came in 2012 when injuries to Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings forced more of the offense to flow threw him. That year, Jones caught 14 touchdowns, most in the league. He also set a personal best for receiving yards with 784.

The Oakland Raiders will rely on Crabtree and the newly drafted Cooper to complete the wide receivers. Will they be able to make those important catches, especially in third downs, which Jones was the favorite target?

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