A free agent wide receiver option for the Green Bay Packers is officially off the board.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday afternoon that seven-time Pro-Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones is signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jones, who turned 33 earlier this year, played the first 10 seasons of his career with the Atlanta Falcons. He was traded to the Tennessee Titans before the 2021 season, but things didn’t go very well for Jones in Nashville.

The former Alabama standout caught just 31 passes for 434 yards and one touchdown last season. Jones was released by the Titans earlier this offseason.

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Dec 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) runs the ball as Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin (26) defends during first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports Packers

Green Bay could use another wide receiver. And there was a lot of speculation that Jones could land with the Packers.

In fact, it wasn’t just speculation. Schefter also reported on Tuesday that Green Bay was one of the teams to show interest in Jones. The Buccaneers, however, were more aggressive in their pursuit.

Jones wouldn’t have solved the Packers’ WR1 problem, but he would’ve been a nice addition to the offense.

There’s a good chance Green Bay will see Jones in the playoffs. It feels inevitable that the Bucs and the Packers will be two of the teams to beat in the NFC this winter.

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