Packers safety Josh Jones holding out of OTA’s, hoping to be traded
Green Bay Packers safety Josh Jones, a second-round pick just two years ago, is skipping the start of organized team activities this week and wants to be traded, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
Jones is now buried on the depth chart behind free agent signee Adrian Amos and first-round pick Darnell Savage, who will both be expected to start at safety in Mike Pettine’s defense.
Packers safety Josh Jones is skipping the voluntary OTAs and working out in Florida because he’s hoping to be traded, a source told ESPN. The source said the 2017 second-round pick believes it would be best for both parties if they parted ways. Story coming on ESPN shortly.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) May 21, 2019
It’s possible a role still could have existed for Jones, who has played his best football as an in-the-box safety and hybrid linebacker during his first two NFL seasons, but he now wants out of Green Bay before the start of his third year.
Jones has been in and out of the lineup during his two years in Green Bay, starting 12 games over two years. The Packers opened last season with former undrafted rookie Kentrell Brice and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the starting lineup. Even after Clinton-Dix was traded midway through last season, Jones was bypassed again for a starting job when the Packers moved Tramon Williams from cornerback to safety. It wasn’t until after Brice sustained an ankle injury in Week 10 that Jones finally got his first start of the season in Week 11.
“I just want to be out there more,” Jones told Brett Christopherson of the Appleton Post-Crescent. “That’s what I’m here for. You ain’t going to (draft) a player in the second round to not contribute to the team. I mean, am I right or am I wrong?”
Demovsky’s source said Jones wants either traded or released, but the Packers have not yet yielded to his requests.