Josh Jones wasn’t happy with a lack of playing time last season and that frustration continued when the Green Bay Packers signed free agent safety Adrian Amos and selected Maryland’s Darnell Savage in the first round of the NFL Draft. Expecting that his playing time won’t increase much with those personnel moves, Jones opted to skip the start of OTA’s this week.
Coach Matt LaFleur made sure to mention to reporters on Tuesday that OTA’s are “voluntary” under the league’s collective bargaining agreement, but it’s simply unheard of in today’s NFL for a player to miss the teams off-season program without a legitimate reason.
LaFleur said he has not spoken with Jones and told reporters that Packers GM Brian Gutekunst would handle the situation. LaFleur didn’t answer how he would handle the situation if Jones misses the teams mandatory minicamp, which starts on June 11.
Jones still has two years left on his original rookie contract, leaving him little bargaining power. [Read more…]