James Jones

Jones was tendered a contract, but it probably won't matter.

Despite initial reports to the contrary, the Green Bay Packers did tender potential restricted free agents [intlink id=”204″ type=”category”]James Jones[/intlink] and [intlink id=”77″ type=”category”]Brandon Jackson[/intlink], last week.

Both Jones and Jackson have four years of service. Under the rules of the 2010 collective bargaining agreement, they would be restricted free agents. Under the rules of the previous agreement, they would be unrestricted, which is probably what they’ll be when a new labor deal is signed this year.

Jackson received a third-round tender, meaning the Packers would receive a third-round draft pick if another team signed him. That is, if he indeed is a restricted free agent — a scenario that seems unlikely once the new CBA is signed.

It’s unknown what level Jones was tendered at.

Jackson is expected to return to the Packers, while Jones will probably get more money and a chance to start, elsewhere.