NFL Free-Agent Signings: Jason Jones Signs with the Seattle Seahawks
Jones agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks only a few hours after the division rival St. Louis Rams signed Kendall Langford from the Green Bay Packers. Jones' agent, Mike McCartney, announced the deal via Twitter:
He had only three sacks last season, as the Titans moved Jones from defensive tackle to defensive end. The previous year, he was a much more effective defensive tackle when he notched 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. While the difference is only half a sack, the reality is he showed the ability to overcome double-teams and play the run effectively as part of an all-around game.
Jones' future in Seattle is undetermined, as the Seahawks already have a talented group of defensive linemen to choose from.
Red Bryant was re-signed recently, while Brandon Mebane was re-signed last year and Chris Clemons remains. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has three very versatile defensive linemen in his group up front now as Clemons, Bryant and Jones can all be moved around the field and used in different ways.
We will learn if Jones is going to be part of the rotation inside or outside once the season begins, but he could be seen as a potential long-term replacement for Chris Clemons if he is used as a defensive end. Despite his production, Jones has a lot of talent.
Because his deal is only for one season and he is 25 years of age, this is a deal in the same vein as Carlos Rogers' from last season.
Jones obviously wasn't getting the money/role he was looking for elsewhere after waiting a few days on the open market, but, presuming he can show off his talents in Seattle this year, he should hit free agency with a renewed reputation next year again.
Multiple teams will be disappointed by missing out on the very talented youngster, who has yet to truly establish himself as an NFL player. The talent is there, however, and Seattle should be a good fit for him.
Learning from veterans like Mebane, Clemons and Bryant up front, while also benefiting from playing alongside them, should go a long way for Jones' development through the rest of his career.
He should also have plenty of opportunities to raise his level of production over that of recent years because the Seahawks have an emerging secondary with plenty of young talent in it. Whether Jones does enough to earn a deal elsewhere or in Seattle, the Seahawks should benefit from this signing in the short term.
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