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Lions reportedly interested in Jason Jones

Ryan Fitzpatrick; Jason Jones AP

Multiple reports have the Lions expected to be players for Seahawks defensive lineman Jason Jones.

CBS’ Jason La Canfora said Monday that Jones may be the Lions’ top free-agent priority, and NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah has noted that the Lions have looked into Jones. Also, veteran NFL writer Mike O’Hara, who writes for the Lions’ website, has also suggested a Jones-Lions match would make sense (a hat tip to Detroit Jock City for mentioning that one).

Jones’ connections to Detroit are hard to miss.

The 26-year-old Jones was a second-round pick of the Titans in 2008 when … drum roll … current Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was Tennessee’s defensive coordinator and new Lions defensive line coach Jim Washburn held the same position on the Titans’ coaching staff.

Jones notched a career-best five sacks in his first NFL season, with 3.5 sacks coming in Tennessee’s 31-14 victory vs. Pittsburgh. The win secured the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs for the Titans.

The 6-foot-5, 276-pound Jones can play tackle and end, positions where the Lions may need to add depth, particularly if defensive end Cliff Avril and defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill leave in free agency. Moreover, he is likely very familiar with what Washburn expects out of his defensive linemen.

Jones ranks No. 24 on PFT’s list of the top 100 free agents of 2013.

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8 Responses to “Lions reportedly interested in Jason Jones”
  1. faulkn22 says: Mar 11, 2013 7:01 PM

    One of the best DE’s against the run, something Detroit needs and Avril severly lacked.

  2. seenable says: Mar 11, 2013 7:05 PM

    Ditto everything for William Hayes (Titans 4th rounder in ’08). Lions interested in him as well, per MLive.

  3. mattjay0101 says: Mar 11, 2013 7:11 PM

    Good start Mayhew but its going to take a whole lot more than Jason Jones to break 8-8.

    Where’s the splash?

  4. chawk12thman says: Mar 11, 2013 7:11 PM

    Wish Seattle would resign him.

  5. kpow55 says: Mar 11, 2013 7:34 PM

    Makes perfect sense, the most blindingly glaring need is quality DBs…. 1st rumor of a signing is a DE…. all is well if he’s cheaper than Avril I guess.

    Please at least attempt to update the secondary this year…. i’m not talking “we drafted some no name 347th rounder who got injured but has pro-bowl potential”.

    Take a run at Smith, Grimes….. even Hall or Nhamdi….. anyone, please!!!!!

  6. funktron2x says: Mar 11, 2013 8:02 PM

    Just because you haven’t heard the rumors doesn’t mean they aren’t trying to upgrade secondary. As for breaking 8-8, you don’t do it by making “splash” fa signings…

  7. purpleguy says: Mar 11, 2013 8:48 PM

    And with the Lions’ cap space, they will offer Jones a contract paying $23,000/yr, with escalating roster bonuses of free Ford oil change coupons..

  8. themackstrong says: Mar 11, 2013 9:10 PM

    Jason Jones is a gamer. He has plenty of moves- would have had more sacks but he was kind of misused in Bradley’s scheme as a DT on third downs. Wish my Hawks would sign him because I don’t like all the older pass rushers out there with the big names and decline production.

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