Jason Jones is the newest defensive end for the Detroit Lions, signing a three-year free-agent contract Wednesday.
"Now I'm coming home to play for the Ford family, so, it's kind of ironic, but it's kind of full circle too. It's nice," Jones said during his introductory press conference Wednesday.
Jones was born in Detroit, went to high school at Southfield-Lathrup and played his college ball at Eastern Michigan.
"He's a son of Detroit, he's a fan of all Detroit," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of Jones. "He let us know that when we were in Nashville together. He let us know that when we played the Seahawks this year."
Schwartz drafted Jones when he was the defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans in 2008.
As far as the type of football player the Lions are getting, the 6-foot-5, 276-pound Jones is a multi-dimensional player who can play on the edge and then move inside in the nickel.
"He can play end, he can play tackle, he's stood up, he's done a lot of different things," Schwartz said.
"He's probably going to hold most of his time at defensive end here, but he can rush inside, he can play inside. He obviously has great length. He affects the game and he affects the passer and particularly, combined with the other guys we have, notably (Ndamukong) Suh and (Nick) Fairley inside, we think it's a good match."
Over the last five seasons, Jones has appeared in 61 games (31 starts), with 122 tackles, 18.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.