SAN DIEGO — In somewhat of a surprise move, the San Diego Chargers announced Monday that they released veteran receiver James Jones as the team works to get down to 75 players before Tuesday’s deadline.
The Chargers signed Jones to a one-year deal earlier this month as a potential replacement for Stevie Johnson, who was lost for the season with a meniscus tear in his right knee that required surgery.
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However, Jones played in a West Coast offense his entire 10-year career, and he had concerns about picking up the new verbiage in offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt’s scheme.
Jones also likely would have been the fifth receiver on the roster and does not play on special teams, so he potentially would not have been active on game days.
With 431 career receptions for 5,861 receiving yards and 51 touchdowns in nine seasons, Jones has been a productive receiver over the past decade.
Jones totaled 50 receptions for 890 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games with the Green Bay Packers last season.