Brad Jones was at Packers facilities Wednesday after spending time on a free agent visit last week in Tennessee. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Brad Jones talks to Packers officials

With inside linebacker A.J. Hawk back in the fold, it looks like the Green Bay Packers are looking inward and attempting to at least maintain the players they have had in-house – this became evident yesterday when reports indicated that linebacker Brad Jones spent time with Packers brass.

His visit to Green Bay came as somewhat of a surprise after he spent two days in Tennessee last week talking with Titans officials during a free agent visit.

Jones previous to this year was more or less a spot player on defense and spent most of his time on special teams. The lanky linebacker was called upon last year early when both Desmond Bishop and D.J. Smith went down with season-ending injuries. Jones played well for the rest of the season in his fill-in role.

While he certainly wouldn’t be tagged as a starter for this year if Bishop and Smith come back healthy, it’s those two players’ uncertainty at this point that is prompting the Packers to be sure they have all their positions covered. Clearly, the Packers want some insurance at the position otherwise they wouldn’t be talking to Jones.

Though Jones left the facility yesterday without speaking to reporters and his agent refused to indicate how close he was to signing a contract with Green Bay, published reports also said that because he’s a free agent, he belongs to no team and is free to sign with any of the 32 teams.

As of today, there was no news about his status.

Stay tuned.

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