According to his agent, ex-Tennessee Titans defensive linemen Jason Jones has signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks after being courted heavily by the St. Louis Rams. But after the Rams signed defensive linemen Kendall Langford to a four-year, $24 deal, the likelihood of the team bringing in Jones too a major hit.
The terms of the contract have yet to be released, but Jones signing a one-year deal likely indicates that he didn't get the type of long-term offer he was looking for and will look to re-enter the market next season. Jones, who has 16 career sacks in 49 games, played for new Rams head coach Jeff Fisher for three years in Tennessee.
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Jones would be a major coup for the Rams, who jettisoned their defensive line stalwarts—James Hall and Fred Robbins—to add to their salary cap room in the first place. The Rams could build it back up with their bounty of draft picks, but a player like Jones who's ready to start for a contending team would go a long way toward rebuilding their shattered credibility.
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The St. Louis Rams were rumored to be ready to sign free agent Tennessee Titans DT Jason Jones Tuesday night, but Wednesday afternoon it looks like little progress has been made—Jones is visiting the Seattle Seahawks, a worst-case scenario for the Rams. It would be tough to lose your new DT at the same moment your NFC West rivals gain one, but that’s just how fast things can turn in NFL free agency.
The Rams still seem to be the front-runners on Jones, but the race has definitely opened up—at this point even the Titans seem to be back in the picture. The Rams’ primary advantage there seems to be their willingness to play Jones at DT full-time; the Titans would still prefer to see him split time between DT and DE.
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St. Louis Rams fans might want to get used to seeing some ex-Tennessee Titans in blue and gold next season. In a press conference at the St. Louis Rams' complex today, Jeff Fisher confirmed that the Rams have signed CB Cortland Finnegan and that he was currently with the team.
The free agency period is underway in the NFL, and the St. Louis Rams have plenty of cap room for some new acquisitions. One of the free agents with whom they will visit is Titans defensive lineman Jason Jones.
Tennessee free agent defensive lineman Jason Jones to visit Rams tonight.
Jones, who has spent the last four seasons with Tennessee, started 13 games in 2011 and picked up three sacks during the season. His career high for sacks in a season is five, which he accomplished at the end position back in 2008. More recently he had been moved to defensive tackle by the Titans.