Green Bay Packers’ James Jones catches a touchdown pass between Chicago Bears’ Craig Steltz (20) and  Zack Bowman (35) during the first half of
Green Bay Packers' James Jones catches a touchdown pass between Chicago Bears' Craig Steltz (20) and Zack Bowman (35) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders continued to add veterans with championship pedigrees in free agency, signing San Jose product James Jones on Monday to infuse production and professionalism to a youthful core of wide receivers.

Jones, who played at Gunderson High in San Jose and at San Jose State, has 310 receptions for 4,305 yards and 37 touchdowns in seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

Not coincidentally, Jones was selected by the Packers in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft when Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was a member of the personnel department.

According to ESPN, Jones signed a three-year contract worth $11.3 million.

"I've been talking to Reggie for the last couple of days," Jones said on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. "Reggie and I had a real good relationship in Green Bay. (I trust) his vision, the direction he's trying to go. He runs a team the way I play on the field -- just hungry and trying to be the best."

Jones, who turns 30 on March 31, had 59 receptions for a career-high 817 yards last season with three touchdowns, and in 2012 caught 64 passes for 784 yards and a career-best 14 touchdowns.

The Raiders' top three receivers last season were Rod Streater, a second-year player out of Temple, Denarius Moore, the talented but inconsistent three-year veteran out of Tennessee, and Andre Holmes, who blossomed in the latter part of the season to be part of the Raiders' plans in 2014.

"I truly believe the young guys are going to watch what I do before they listen to anything I say," Jones said. "I'm going to come in here and lead by example. If they have any questions, I'm going to do my best to help them out."

Among the Raiders' recent free-agent signings, Jones joins defensive ends Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley with considerable experience in big playoff games. Tuck was a part of two Super Bowl champions, with Woodley and Jones having won one each.

Cornerback Tarell Brown, another recent signee, played in a Super Bowl and has been a part of three consecutive NFC Championship games with the 49ers.

Guard Kevin Boothe, signed a couple of hours after Jones' signing was announced, won two Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants.

"Our presence in the locker room, our presence on the practice field, hopefully we can show the young guys how to practice, show them what it's going to take to get to the next level," Jones said. "Hopefully that will rub off on them and we'll be able to turn it around and do some great things."

Jones arrived in Green Bay during Brett Favre's final season there and played six years with Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, so he will be in unfamiliar terrain coming to a team with an unsettled situation at that position.

"Whoever we put behind center here, I'm going to do the same thing I did for Aaron -- just run every route to win, be as open as I can for whoever's back there and get this offense rolling," Jones said.

Jones' compelling personal story was recounted when he played in the Super Bowl at the end of the 2010 season. Jones was homeless for much of his youth, often living in shelters, until he moved in with his grandmother at age 15.

He still works at homeless shelters in the San Jose area. Jones said he was happy to be playing in a warm weather locale where family and friends can watch him play.

"I get to drive from home straight down the street to work every day," Jones said. "Not bad."

  • Boothe, 30, an eight-year veteran who started 14 games as a Raiders rookie in 2006, signed a reported two-year contract.

    Primarily a guard, Boothe played six games at center last season with the Giants, his team the past seven seasons. He has 62 NFL starts, including all 32 games the past two seasons.

    Despite being a rookie starter in 2006, Boothe was cut the following season when the Raiders switched from a power-gap blocking scheme to a zone scheme under Lane Kiffin and line coach Tom Cable.