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Packers release Brad Jones

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The Packers started paring down their roster ahead of the start of the new league year by releasing tight end Brandon Bostick earlier this week and they continued on Friday by parting ways with linebacker Brad Jones.

Green Bay announced Jones’s release with a statement from General Manager Ted Thompson.

“We thank Brad for his contributions and dedication to the Packers over the past six years,” Thompson said. “We wish him all the best.”

Jones joined the Packers as a seventh-round pick in 2009 and played 76 games for them over the last six years. Jones was in and out of the starting lineup over those 76 games, but saw steady playing time with the Packers over the years. With A.J. Hawk’s future less than totally secure, the linebacking corps could wind up looking much different in 2015.

Jones was set to make up to $3.75 million in salary and bonuses in 2015, so that’s money the Packers can now devote to other uses that may include contract offers for impending free agents Randall Cobb and/or Brian Bulaga.