Brad Jones re-signed for at least one more season with the Green Bay Packers. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Brad Jones: Green Bay Packers sign one of their own

Today we reported that Green Bay Packers free agent linebacker Brad Jones yesterday had made a visit to 1265 Lombardi Avenue and spent about an hour with Packers officials.

Though he left without an agreement, refused to talk to reporters on his way to his vehicle, and apparently instructed his agent not to lead on as to what he was thinking, it all came to an end today.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jones agreed to return to the Packers – signing a contract that will keep him in Green Bay for at least one year. The early reports did not include terms fo the deal.

Jones’s agreement put to rest speculation that he might sign with the Titans because he spent two days in Tennessee last week discussing the possibility of joining that team. However, he left there without a deal and met yesterday with the Packers.

The Packers were pleased with the way Jones performed last season after stepping in as the third option at inside linebacker when both Desmond Bishop and D.J. Smith went down with season-ending injuries. Jones joins teammate A.J. Hawk as the second linebacker in the past week to be locked up by Green Bay, keeping with the team’s motto of signing their own.

Not only does keeping Jones add to the depth at the position, but it also increases the amount of competition heading into training camp. Jones has somewhat of an inside track of sticking at this point because of his play last season and his value as a special teams player. In addition, Jones has played as an outside linebacker in the Packers 3-4 defensive scheme.

Last hear he was in on 77 tackles, recorded two sacks and forced one fumble.

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  • Scott Rochon

    I guess signing Jones means that TT just won’t get the kind of players that can actually play football! He has guys like Hawk, Newhouse, EDS, Name any D-Lineman not named Pickett and he thinks he can compete with the 49ers and Seattle? I guess he really is delusional!

    • [m]riddle

      They don’t have the cap space to get elite players if you expect them to keep Rodgers and Matthews they need to extend them now before they have a chance to touch the open market. It also goes against their philosophy of draft and develop, which has worked fine. Free agent spending doesn’t make a great team, look at Dallas–they spend big every year (this year they are hamstrung by sanctions) and is their team better than Green Bay? No one would make that assertion. Green Bay is the tortoise to the free agent hares like Cowboys, Redskins, Jets. They make the big splashes now, but by the end of the season we’ll see where the Packers are in the standings. One playoff loss isn’t the end of the world.

      • Scott Rochon

        Try this, would you rather have Jones and Hawk and Finley, or Bushrod, Jackson and Canty? Actually they would have saved money on these transactions! You say Free Agent spending doesn’t make a great team, and you are right. But they can help fill holes and make weaknesses much better. All of you guys always use Dallas or Washington as examples of bad spending. But you guys never mention the Patriots. They are always very active in FA. They don’t go and spend big money, but they find players that fill needs. And they make the Super Bowl or conference championship almost every year. And 3 of the last 4 years, the defense has been the reason the Packers lost. 51 points to the Cardinals and the 37 points to the Giants. Then the 49ers completely destroyed the defense! Almost 600 yards and 45 points! Not one playoff loss!

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