Specific terms of the deal were unknown and the team hasn't formally announced the signing.
Jones, 26, is extremely versatile in that he can play on the edge and also move inside in the nickel at 6-foot-5, 276 pounds. The Lions have a serious need at defensive end with only
A local product, Jones was born in Detroit, attended Southfield Lathrup high school and played his college football at Eastern Michigan.
He was a second-round draft pick in 2008 for the Tennessee Titans, when Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was still defensive coordinator. Don’t discount how important that familiarity was. The Lions don’t target a free agent without a specific role in mind for them and Schwartz knows exactly what Jones brings to the table.
In five professional seasons, Jones has appeared in 61 games (31 starts), with 122 tackles, 18.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
Jones will have an opportunity to start for the Lions, and at the very least, will add quality veteran depth to the unit.