Packers interested in signing free-agent guard Brett Jones

Brett Jones (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Brett Jones (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /

With Corey Linsley likely gone, the Green Bay Packers could turn to free agency to add some more interior offensive line depth.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers are among the teams interested in free-agent interior offensive lineman Brett Jones. Jones has experience playing at both center and guard.

The Packers love versatility along the offensive line and Jones would provide that. He could either be an immediate replacement for Linsley at center, or perhaps the Packers would have him play guard with Pro Bowler Elgton Jenkins moving to center.

With so many linemen on the roster able to play multiple positions, it would give Matt LaFleur the flexibility to find his best starting five along the offensive line.

With David Bakhtiari injured and Rick Wagner gone, one option would be for Jenkins to make a transition to tackle, a position many feel he’ll end up at long term. Signing Jones would make even more sense then as he’d provide depth at each of the interior spots whether he played center or guard.

Jones was originally a second-round pick in the Canadian Football League, playing two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders. He then signed with the New York Giants, playing in 30 games over two years. Most recently, Jones has spent the past three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

According to Spotrac, Jones’ most recent deal with the Vikings was for one year and worth $910,000.

Jones would provide depth at the interior spots along the offensive line and could be a smart signing for the Packers. It comes down to their plans at tackle and if Jenkins will move there, and also the cap hit of any potential deals for 2021.

Whether the Packers sign Jones or not remains to be seen, but their interest is perhaps another sign they’re preparing to replace Corey Linsley.