NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 27: Jason Jones #91 of the Tennessee Titans pressures quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during play at LP Field on November 27, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Seattle Seahawks Swoop In To Sign Jason Jones Despite Cortland Finnegan's Courting

Jim Thomas is reporting a deal with Tennessee Titans DT Jason Jones could be imminent, only hours after the Rams inked a deal with Cortland Finnegan.

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NFL Free Agency 2012: DL Jason Jones Signs With Seahawks

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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NFL Rumors 2012: Jason Jones, St. Louis Rams Contract Talks Could Resolve Over The Weekend

Much like the Roy Oswalt-Cardinals contract talks earlier this year, what started out as a basically done deal between the St. Louis Rams and Jason Jones, in NFL rumors circles, has turned into a weekend standoff between the Rams and their arch-nemeses the Seattle Seahawks, who welcomed Jones just hours after he visited the Edward Jones Dome. Despite Cortland Finnegan's best efforts, the Rams won't know for a few days yet whether they've successfully poached their second young Tennessee Titans star of the Jeff Fisher era.

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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NFL Rumors 2012: Jason Jones Visiting Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams Contract No Done Deal

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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NFL Free Agency: Jason Jones, St. Louis Rams Reportedly Close To Contract

The St. Louis Rams approach a contract with Jason Jones, another Jeff Fisher acolyte set to leave the Tennessee Titans in a wild start to 2012 NFL Free Agency.

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