Packers got James Jones on the cheap

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It did not cost the Green Bay Packers much to bring back James Jones.

The contract the veteran receiver signed Sunday to return to his old team was a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of $870,000 and contained no signing bonus.

Because of the minimum salary benefit rule, he will count $585,000 against the salary cap.

With all 53 players now counting against the salary cap (before final cuts only the top 51 deals counted), the Packers have $15,684,919 in available cap space, according to the NFL Players Association. That ranks as the seventh-most cap room available, according to the NFLPA.

After final cuts, the Packers' dead money increased to $3,514,074. Dead money is defined as players who are no longer with the team but still count against the cap.

The biggest increases in dead money came from Khyri Thornton ($150,813) and Carl Bradford ($107,325). The two draft picks from 2014 were released Saturday. The remaining signing bonus prorations ($281,626 for Thornton and $214,650 for Bradford) will count on the 2016 cap.