Packers release Josh Jones

"It's been real Green Bay"

Mike Clemens
August 25, 2019 - 11:14 am
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Green Bay, WI - The Green Bay Packers released safety Josh Jones Sunday morning. 

According to a tweet posted by Jones, "It's been real Green Bay. The Packers just informed me of my release."

Jones, who turns 25 next month, was a second round pick in 2017 for Green Bay, who thought he could be a starting safety to replace Morgan Burnett and play alongside former first round pick Ha Ha Clinton Dix. But Clinton Dix became a disappointment last year and was traded to the Redskins, then signed as a free agent with the Bears. 

When the Packers signed Bears free agent safety Adrian Amos, then added Darnell Savage Jr. in the draft, Jones arrived in sping camp asking for a trade. 

For the past two weeks Jones, who saw reps at safety and hybrid linebacker at the start of training camp, was sidelined with an illness. No other details were made available. 

Although several teammates said Jones was a welcomed member of the team, several questioned his decision to skip all of the OTA sessions before he finally reported to the mandatory mini camp. 

The Packers likely tried in vain to trade Jones, but came up empty. 

The Packers have also released another player, running back Darrin Hall, claimed from the Cincinnati Bengals in July. Hall was an undrafted rookie out of Pittsburgh and played in all three of the Packers preseason games. 

The deadline for NFL rosters to be reduced from 90 to 53 players is next Saturday following Thursday night's final preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field.

UPDATE: A source has confirmed to ESPN that Josh Jones was waived by the Packers with a "non-football illness,"  hyperthyroidism, which can be treated with medication.