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Brad Jones visiting Titans

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The Titans have already spent $88.5 million on free agents and they aren’t done trying to find more players to take their cash.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that linebacker Brad Jones is visiting the Titans on Friday. Jones started 10 games for the Packers in 2012, recording 77 tackles and two sacks after moving inside to help replace the injured Desmond Bishop and D.J. Smith. His play picked up as the season went along and he was a valuable piece on the Packers defense down the stretch.

His experience at outside linebacker before 2012 makes versatility a selling point for Jones. His agent said earlier this week that eight teams were in contact with him during the negotiating window that preceded free agency while Wyatt writes that “several” teams are pursuing the four-year veteran.

The Titans signed linebacker Moise Fokou earlier this week to compete with Colin McCarthy in the middle. Whether Jones would enter that mix or kick back outside is a question that will only be answered if he winds up accepting an offer from the team. Either way, he’d be a fit for a team looking to upgrade its talent all over the field.

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  1. transam7816 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:36 PM

    Hybrid 4-3, 3-4 defense for the titans?

  2. contra74 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:37 PM

    I don’t blame him for wanting to leave Green Bay.

  3. unnamedxsource says: Mar 15, 2013 1:39 PM

    Packer fan here. This guy was terrible at OLB when Thompson drafted him, but he survived on the roster by becoming a good player on special teams. Then last year the team told him to stay on the roster he had to move to the inside, where he blossomed and became a solid player. I would prefer to have him back here, but if not good luck and all the best! :-)

  4. magnusthe1st says: Mar 15, 2013 1:41 PM

    The Titans can take him. He’s a liability in coverage and is a pedestrian defender at best. I’d much rather see the Packers bring in new blood rather than keep him around.

  5. stellarperformance says: Mar 15, 2013 1:52 PM

    contra74 says:
    Mar 15, 2013 1:37 PM
    I don’t blame him for wanting to leave Green Bay
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    You aren’t in a position to blame anyone for anything….other than your mother.

  6. uwsptke says: Mar 15, 2013 1:55 PM

    magnusthe1st says:
    Mar 15, 2013 1:41 PM
    The Titans can take him. He’s a liability in coverage and is a pedestrian defender at best. I’d much rather see the Packers bring in new blood rather than keep him around.

    =========================

    By the end of the year, he was a 3 down linebacker. He was actually their best coverage LB, and was far from a liability.

  7. faultylogic29 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:57 PM

    Not sure if this guy is starter-worthy yet, but he really has shown a lot of improvement, and at times he shows a lot of potential. Funny thing is, this guy made as many plays as Walden did last year and somehow Walden just got a huge contract.

    Anyway, I don’t agree with the ‘Titans can take him’ argument. He’s not worth a big contract, but I would like to have him back if the price is right.

  8. flipola says: Mar 15, 2013 1:58 PM

    Insurance in case McCarthy can’t stay healthy, I suppose. It’s surprising that our biggest defensive needs are secondary and d-line, yet we keep targeting linebackers.

  9. wmelch says: Mar 15, 2013 1:58 PM

    contra74 says:Mar 15, 2013 1:37 PM

    I don’t blame him for wanting to leave Green Bay

    I can certainly see why he would want to leave the most dominating team in the history of the NFL.

  10. rpiotr01 says: Mar 15, 2013 2:01 PM

    Good player going north and south. Moving laterally is a BIG vulnerability for him. Solid back up and spot starter.

  11. themagicfanguy says: Mar 15, 2013 3:06 PM

    @uwsptke Um, he was NOT our best LB in coverage. He only played so many downs because of injuries, you’re making him sound better than he really is.

  12. mmccarty35 says: Mar 15, 2013 3:07 PM

    Man teams are throwing around funny money this offseason first walden, and now jones do gms watch games. Walden was awful and got 16 mil. Jones is ok he will be looking at 25 mil.

  13. wikipediasaidso says: Mar 15, 2013 3:30 PM

    Don’t think the Titans are that unhappy with Ayers or Brown at the 4-3 OLB spots (Ayers even played some rush end in some packages) and they like McCarthy when he’s healthy. Looks like they are trying to load up on depth /competition and add more options for sub packages.

    Lack of productive depth in the front seven definitely hurt them last year especially when they got a little banged up in spots. They still could use some DE/DL upgrades, but maybe they’ll find help there in the draft.

  14. deltaoracle says: Mar 15, 2013 3:45 PM

    He’s okay, sort of like a decent backup QB who can get you through a few games. I’d rather have him on my team than Walden, for more than one reason.

  15. axespray says: Mar 15, 2013 6:42 PM

    Dude graded out as a top ten Inside Linebacker on PFF…
    He made a lot of tackles and was good with his assignments…. shame a 6th round OLB is a better MLB than AJ Hawk.

    I’d rather we Keep Brad and The Titans have AJ.

  16. bowmanj35 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:54 AM

    avid packers fan here, I couldn’t be happier to see Walden and Jones go. depth guys and not even good depth at that.

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