Excited for Jason Jones to be in Honolulu Blue after agreeing to terms with the @detroitlionsnfl
— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) March 13, 2013
Defensive tackle Jason Jones will sign with the Detroit Lions, according to his agent Mike McCartney.
Jones signed with Seattle as a free agent last year, a former second-round pick who came to the Seahawks on a one-year deal. He was added to be a pass-rushing defensive tackle on third downs and also provide depth. He had three sacks in 12 games, and was placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury that required surgery.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll already stated the team needed to add multiple pass-rushers this offseason, and Jones’ departure will only underscore that. Last year, Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons combined to account for more than half the team’s total of 36 sacks. No other player on the team had more than three sacks.
Update: Jones will be signing a three-year deal with the Lions, according to a source. That gives a pretty good idea that Detroit’s level of interest was higher than Seattle’s given the fact the Seahawks signed him to a one-year deal. Jones was a second-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2008, which is when Jim Schwartz was still on the Titans’ coaching staff. Schwartz is now the Lions’ head coach.
It continues a trend of Seahawks ending up as Lions whether it was defensive lineman Lawrence Jackson, linebacker Julian Peterson or wide receiver Nate Burleson.