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Report: Datone Jones visiting Vikings

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The Vikings have had several former Packers on their roster over the years and they’re reportedly meeting with a free agent from Green Bay on Monday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that defensive end/outside linebacker Datone Jones will visit with the Vikings.

Jones was a first-round pick by Green Bay in 2013 and missed five games over his first four years in the league. He moved from the defensive line to linebacker during the 2015 season and had 22 tackles and a sack in his first full season playing the position. He has nine sacks over the course of his entire career.

The Vikings haven’t lost a defensive end in free agency, although Justin Trattou is currently a free agent. Linebacker Chad Greenway retired as free agency was getting underway.

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  1. packfntk says: Mar 13, 2017 11:32 AM

    Big shocker here. I would actually be more shocked if they DIDN’T host every one of our FA’s.

  2. truthbetold109 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:32 AM

    The vikings fans have been calling Datone a bust for the past 2 years. Too funny that now their team has interest in him! If then sign him they will say he just wasn’t used right in GB!

  3. questionableopinion says: Mar 13, 2017 11:34 AM

    Of course he is.

    But, really, he needs to move back to defensive end, so it’s a good fit. I would not pay him a whole lot, though.

  4. vikingjack73 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:36 AM

    Jones is a BUST!
    Why would MN even entertain the thought of having this guy??

    One of the worst draft picks by the most overrated GM in sports,
    Ted Thompson!

  5. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 13, 2017 11:43 AM

    Jones is obviously another one of Ted Thompson’s many first-round busts, but it’s very possible that he was a bust because of the terrible coaching in Green Bay. Zimmer might feel like competent coaching would get something out of him, which is probably true. Nevertheless, the Vikings don’t need this bum.

  6. tjacks7 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:45 AM

    Nobody looks good on the Packers defense. Put some talent around the guy, coach him correctly, and he may realize his potential.

  7. btv77 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:45 AM

    vikingjack73 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 11:36 AM
    Jones is a BUST!
    Why would MN even entertain the thought of having this guy??

    One of the worst draft picks by the most overrated GM in sports, Ted Thompson!

    _________________________________________

    You answered your own question. He was picked by the Packers. If I’m not mistaken, new league rules dictate that all FAs leaving GB are required to stop in MN before hitting the open market. Makes a lot of sense as it now explains why the Vikings pursue EVERY player leaving GB.

  8. tjacks7 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:46 AM

    If then sign him they will say he just wasn’t used right in GB!

    If the Vikings sign him and he suddenly starts to play well.. what other logical conclusion is there?

  9. gopack12go says: Mar 13, 2017 11:53 AM

    vikingjack73, if they steal him, I’ll quote you on that for the rest of time he’s there . . .

  10. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 13, 2017 11:53 AM

    He’d need delousing.

  11. eatme2259 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:53 AM

    truthbetold109 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 11:32 AM
    The vikings fans have been calling Datone a bust for the past 2 years. Too funny that now their team has interest in him! If then sign him they will say he just wasn’t used right in GB!

    ———————————–

    Don Capers is your D.C. So he is not being used right in GB

  12. minnesotamuggs says: Mar 13, 2017 11:54 AM

    truthbetold109 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 11:32 AM
    The vikings fans have been calling Datone a bust for the past 2 years. Too funny that now their team has interest in him! If then sign him they will say he just wasn’t used right in GB!

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

    As a long time Vikings fan, and one pretty in touch with the teams online community, I’ve never heard anyone say this guys name before. I’m sure you’re not just exaggerating to help create a point, though…

  13. whatjusthapped says: Mar 13, 2017 11:55 AM

    Packer players have an automatic safety net, if it doesn’t work out in GB or the NFL, you can always sign with the Vikings. And you get January off as an added bonus.

  14. tylawspick6 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:56 AM

    Guy has been a huge bust.

  15. tritz32 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:58 AM

    I love it. Can you imagine if the purple sign him and Eddie “buffest master” Lacy?!? PFT comments might break the internet.

    After 10 billion unintelligent “buffet” jokes the guy ends up on their team!!!

    That being said – the Packers need Eddie back. Dude is a beast when he gets the balls. Above average is everything with his only downside not being a home run hitter.

  16. blowfishes says: Mar 13, 2017 11:58 AM

    Jones in my mind wasn’t 1st round draft pick quality, but that doesn’t mean he can’t become great, only that his play has been more average to solid.

    As most players in the league are average to solid, he obviously has a place and with the right fit could be an asset to a team.

  17. truthbetold109 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:58 AM

    tjacks7 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 11:46 AM
    If then sign him they will say he just wasn’t used right in GB!

    If the Vikings sign him and he suddenly starts to play well.. what other logical conclusion is there?
    ___________________

    Fact is Datone played well last year so the logical conclusion is he had already turned the corner.

    I just hope if he does sign there, you don’t ruin him like you did to Greg Jennings. See, this is why Minny can’t have nice things!

  18. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 13, 2017 12:01 PM

    I predict the Vikings don’t sign either of the Packers they’ve had in for visits, leaving them with zero former Packers on their roster. Meanwhile, the Packers are still counting on Letroy Guion to lead their defense again this year despite his many arrests and suspensions.

  19. contra74 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:04 PM

    Packer players, just like their fans, continue their obsession over the Vikings.

  20. ariani1985 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:07 PM

    He would make a great towel boy!

  21. ariani1985 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:10 PM

    Nobody drafts 1 round busts like turd Thompson, nobody!

  22. dawoger says: Mar 13, 2017 12:10 PM

    Frankly Speildope signing all these ex-Packers is a sign of his poor management. He’s seems more concerned with rubbing the signing of ex-Pack players in the face of their arch enemy to the east than actually fielding a team that can beat them.

    The minisoda Clown Revue plays on!

  23. h0metownzero says: Mar 13, 2017 12:14 PM

    Just on’t let him talk to Rhett Ellison.

  24. cribbage12 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:17 PM

    This is perfect. If Rick signs Jones he’s getting the Packers added weight towards comp picks, and if Datone returns to GB then he’ll come back at Ted’s price with cap intact. Just shows the difference between the two organizations.

  25. eatme2259 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:18 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Mar 13, 2017 11:55 AM
    Packer players have an automatic safety net, if it doesn’t work out in GB or the NFL, you can always sign with the Vikings. And you get January off as an added bonus.

    ——

    That’s Gold!!!
    Hahahahahaha
    You are the greatest troll, like ever!
    Can’t wait for your next post

  26. cribbage12 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:18 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 12:07 PM
    He would make a great towel boy!

    //////////////////

    How many times have you had to replace the exclamation point key on your laptop?

  27. vikingjack73 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:19 PM

    I love all the Packers fans stating that MN picks up every GB FA
    There isn’t ONE former Packers player on the Vikings roster!
    Not one!!

    Yet another the Packers have former Vikings DT, LeTroy Guion
    Whom by the way, is gonna he suspended 4 games this year!!

    Freaking hypocrites!

  28. wib22 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:23 PM

    Spielman loves his packers rejects.

    SKOLOL!

  29. codytha035 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:23 PM

    this guy was almost as big of a bust as Matt Kalil. Almost, but not quite. More like a Cordell Patterson type of bust

  30. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:24 PM

    “As a longtime Vikings fan, and one pretty much in touch with the teams online community, I’ve never heard anyone say this guys name”.

    What exactly is the Vikings “online community”? And how does one “hear” someone “say” anything from this alleged community?

  31. nflpoker says: Mar 13, 2017 12:28 PM

    It could be a lot worse. Say, Kalil to Carolina for 55 million. Jones would only be a backup or training camp fodder. Vikings fans don’t need to worry, they’ll be drafting an OLB.

  32. 13worldchampioinships says: Mar 13, 2017 12:28 PM

    It could be that the Vikes are obsessed with Pack castoffs, like our GB friends remind us. Or it could be that Pack players want to play in MN, and their agents are constantly calling up Slick Rick. Everytime Rick gets a phone call, a mole in the organization calls up the media, PFT reports on it, and Packer fans giggle with delight that MN always wants GB players.

  33. dgt178blog says: Mar 13, 2017 12:31 PM

    Jones really IS a bust…the only time you hear his name during a game, is for personal fouls…..you purple pukes can have him….

  34. allight59 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:35 PM

    Drive the price up for Green Bay to resign them by showing interest….Speilman doing his genius thing again.

  35. GenXJ says: Mar 13, 2017 12:35 PM

    Lacy got into his ear after his visit yesterday.

  36. nflpoker says: Mar 13, 2017 12:37 PM

    It would be better to sign him than Lacy. Not much of a choice, though.

  37. vikingjack73 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:39 PM

    Hey Packers fans, the majority of your team’s fame & history is a FRAUD!!!

    The Pack won their 1st three titles without winning a single playoff game! Not even one!

    They won the next 5 by winning exactly five postseason games
    That’s 8 “titles” with 5 wins!
    Ridiculous!
    You want to talk recent history??
    Two titles since 1970!

    That’s the same amount as these other “legendary franchises “:
    Minnesota Twins
    Miami Marlins
    NY Knicks…….
    Green Bay Packers are the MOST OVERRATED franchise in sports!!!

  38. emoney826 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:39 PM

    Because Spielman is such a great 1st round drafter. Kalil and Patterson come to mind. High picks who are terrible. At least Datone was a late 1st round pick.

  39. wib22 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:47 PM

    Hey Packers fans, the majority of your team’s fame & history is a FRAUD!!!

    The Pack won their 1st three titles without winning a single playoff game! Not even one!

    They won the next 5 by winning exactly five postseason games
    That’s 8 “titles” with 5 wins!
    Ridiculous!
    You want to talk recent history??
    Two titles since 1970!

    That’s the same amount as these other “legendary franchises “:
    Minnesota Twins
    Miami Marlins
    NY Knicks…….
    Green Bay Packers are the MOST OVERRATED franchise in sports!!!

    0 0

    ****

    Wide left
    peterson fumbled
    gary anderson LMAO

  40. vikingjack73 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:57 PM

    wib22:
    Double-digit 4th quarter lead blown at Seattle
    Double-digit 4th quarter lead blown at AZ
    Blowout loss at ATL

    3straight seasons touted as a Super Bowl contender
    3 memorable bad losses by the Packers!

    Overrated!

  41. vikingjack73 says: Mar 13, 2017 1:07 PM

    emoney826…Patterson was NOT a high 1st round pick!
    Get your facts straight!

    Plus Patterson has made TWO Pro Bowls and Ike’s the entire NFL in kickoff return avg multiple times!

    WTF has Datone Jones ever led the league in??!!

  42. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 13, 2017 1:22 PM

    watch him turn into a star with real coaching and playing a defense that’s actually a real defense.

  43. hardheadedrb says: Mar 13, 2017 1:45 PM

    Why do so many Packers want to defect to MN? It seems they all want to get their couple hours at convincing the Vikes brass that they should be given a chance. Did this guy speak with Riki Ellison first? Maybe he doesn’t know FA’s don’t want to play there??

  44. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 13, 2017 1:49 PM

    At least he never quit on his coach or his team. That alone puts him well ahead of the last year’s crop of “defenders” in Minnesota.

  45. hscorpio says: Mar 13, 2017 1:51 PM

    Datone Jones is more of a 4-3 end than a 3-4 OLB or 3-4 DE. I think the move would suit him.

    But he’s done so little in GB, it’s hard to say if moving to a better system for him would make him anything more than a rotation guy, like he is now.

  46. igocommando says: Mar 13, 2017 2:14 PM

    emoney826 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 12:39 PM
    Because Spielman is such a great 1st round drafter. Kalil and Patterson come to mind. High picks who are terrible. At least Datone was a late 1st round pick.
    …………..
    Jones was taken before Patterson in the 2013 Draft.

  47. nathanp2013 says: Mar 13, 2017 2:22 PM

    truthbetold109
    ———————-
    And Viking nation would be right for calling him a bust. But, the Vikings picking him up for a cheap backup is a lot different than the Packers wasting 1st round pick on the guy.

  48. nathanp2013 says: Mar 13, 2017 2:27 PM

    emoney826
    ——————–
    Injuries have robbed Kalil of a good career… Patterson has been problem.

    But, let’s look at TT and the wonderful disappearing mystery of… Kenny Clark, Datone Jones, Nick Perry (1 year wonder), Derrick Sherrod, BJ Raji, No pick, Justin Harrell, AJ Hawk.

    That’s 66% of your last 12 1st rounders have given little to no consistent contribution to your club.

  49. clayshair says: Mar 13, 2017 2:37 PM

    Viking’s brass to Packer FAs:

    What’s it like to be in the playoffs?

    What’s Rodgers really like?

    Do they ever, you know, talk about us?

  50. pkrlvr says: Mar 13, 2017 2:47 PM

    Jones is obviously another one of Ted Thompson’s many first-round busts, but it’s very possible that he was a bust because of the terrible coaching in Green Bay. Zimmer might feel like competent coaching would get something out of him, which is probably true.
    ——–
    You do realize the vikings finished 3rd in the division and haven’t won a playoff game since 2009 right? So the vikings great coaching has netted them nothing. 2 playoff wins since 2001. The packers on the other hand have terrible coaching, yet share the record for consecutive playoff appearances. Man, what is in the water up there because you guys just don’t seem to know much about the game.

  51. pkrlvr says: Mar 13, 2017 2:55 PM

    Packer players, just like their fans, continue their obsession over the Vikings.
    ——–
    Really? Maybe you should take another look at the posts in this thread. Or ANY packer story. You gotta be one oblivious fella to say something like this….

  52. northwoodsv2 says: Mar 13, 2017 3:17 PM

    Jones had 22 tackles last year?

    Greenway had 26……….and retired because his gas tank is running out.

    Greenway could play another year and still post better numbers.

  53. LombardisHouse says: Mar 13, 2017 3:36 PM

    I sure do hope Datone does well wherever he goes.

  54. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Mar 13, 2017 4:27 PM

    I’ve met Datone. He’s super guy BUT ……..
    never lived up to his potential.
    Too many injuries, especially in training camp or early season games which slowed him down all year almost every year.
    I think MM would like him back but Datone has to see if he can get a better offer elsewhere. I don’t blame him, I would too.

  55. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Mar 13, 2017 4:42 PM

    I also think Datone suffers from being a square peg in a round hole too.
    He was a DT / DE his 1st 3 years here. He was a DT / DE at UCLA. He took a pounding on the D Line. That’s when MM decided to try him as an OLB. He had to lose 20 lbs or more.
    I think his best chance is in a 4 – 3 traditional alignment as a DE.

  56. stellarperformance says: Mar 13, 2017 6:14 PM

    All this shade coming from fans of a team with the most postseason losses of any team, ever, including all pre-merger teams when only “eight” teams played.

    Worse than that……the Vikings own, outright, the NFL postseason record for one-and-done postseason appearances.

    The Packers, in the meantime, own the all-time NFL record for the most championships, ever.

    (sigh)

    Wide Left……..the internationally recognized symbol of the Minnesota Vikings.

    Embrace it. You know how to do that.

  57. stellarperformance says: Mar 13, 2017 6:28 PM

    nathanp2013 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 2:27 PM
    That’s 66% of your last 12 1st rounders have given little to no consistent contribution to your club.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    Lucky you. Imagine how much more dominant the Packers would be over the Vikings if more of their drafts picks actually panned out?

  58. norrismen17 says: Mar 13, 2017 9:01 PM

    He’s a bust. He’s another genius Ted Thompson pick. No thank you.

  59. ajd4 says: Mar 13, 2017 9:27 PM

    minnesotamuggs says:
    Mar 13, 2017 11:54 AM
    truthbetold109 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 11:32 AM
    The vikings fans have been calling Datone a bust for the past 2 years. Too funny that now their team has interest in him! If then sign him they will say he just wasn’t used right in GB!

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

    As a long time Vikings fan, and one pretty in touch with the teams online community, I’ve never heard anyone say this guys name before. I’m sure you’re not just exaggerating to help create a point, though…

    46 21
    ____________________________________

    There are many, many documented references of internet Vikings fans that say every defensive 1st round pick by TT is a bust. Datone Jones would be a player that is often pointed out to try to prove that point. Datone Jones is not a good first round pick, but he is no Erasmus James or Demetrius Underwood.

  60. mnfaninil says: Mar 13, 2017 9:30 PM

    I thought this guy was out of football. Who would have guessed he had 22 tackles last year. That’s like slightly more than 1 a game. That’s pretty good for a Packer LB.

    I think the Vikings should steal TT from the packers and have Spielman turn over the draft to him after the 1st round. Spielman seems to have that round down pretty good, and we all know TT is usually grabbing a name from a hat in the 1st. But everyone knows TT wakes up in the 4-7th rounds, whereas Spielman just resorts to reading from his Notre Dame roster sheet or picks an OT’s that others have rated as non-NFL caliber. What a pair they would make.

  61. gtodriver says: Mar 14, 2017 8:08 AM

    stellarperformance says:

    All this shade coming from fans of a team with the most postseason losses of any team…

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    That happens when you make the playoffs as regularly as the Vikings have over the years.

    Your Packer squad decided not to participate in the playoffs for the most part from 1967 – 1992.

    Their only appearance in the playoffs of a full regulation season during that stretch was a loss to the Redskins where they didn’t even score a TD. That’s the NFL record for for failure to score a TD in the playoffs – 25 years!

    While the Packers were content to look like an amateur football squad – the Vikings made the playoffs 16 times, won the last NFL Championship Game ever played, earned the right to play in 4 SB’s and won 13 NFC Central titles (including streaks of 4 in a row and 6 in a row).

  62. frank booth says: Mar 14, 2017 11:03 AM

    gtodriver-

    The Steelers went for 39 years with only one post-season appearance, and didn’t score a single point in that game. They now have 6 Super Bowl’s.

    They are not defined by their drought- neither is Green Bay, nor is 25 years without a TD in the playoffs an NFL record, nor is the strike season discounted in the record books.

    There are 4 other teams with more playoff appearances than the Vikings. Those 4 teams (GB, NYG, Dallas, Pittsburgh) have 19 Super Bowls among them.

    Despite being 6th in playoff appearances, the Vikings are 12th in post-season wins, and 26th in playoff win percentage.

    In the Super Bowl era, the Vikings’ NFL Championship was the equivalent of a conference championship. You don’t hear Colts fans talking about their NFL Championship in 1968, where they subsequently lost to the Jets.

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