We have stayed away from mentioning all of the tenders that have been placed on players in recent weeks because no one is sure what the requirements for unrestricted free agents will be for the coming season. The overall consensus is that it’s more like that the new CBA will have similar requirements to the previous agreement which will allow players to become unrestricted free agents after four years of accumulated service.
Anyways, the reason we bring up the Packers tenders is because early reports suggested that the team had decided to allow WR James Jones and RB Brandon Jackson to test the market but more recent reports suggest the contrary. Pro Football Talk has confirmed that both players have in fact received tenders which at least suggests that the Packers have some amount of interest in retaining them.
It seems like Jones would be the most appealing of the two to keep considering that he has shown that he possess big-play ability despite his struggles catching the ball. Considering that Donald Driver is 36, they’ll need to have another wide receiver in their passing attack if they plan on being as effective as last season.
As for Jackson, there’s a chance that he could return but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that’s playing else where come next season. Jackson helped his stock during the playoffs by showing that he can be a productive third-down back but the team will have Ryan Grant and James Starks in their backfield next season which will dramatically limit the amount of carries available. As Pro Football Talk’s Gregg Rosenthal points out, Jackson’s value is higher to the Packers than other teams but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be room for him.