A starter last year for the Lions. We sure do like Lions defensive linemen .... and the Lions seem to be fond in letting them go.
Barry Jackson wrote:
He gives the Dolphins four starting-caliber defensive ends: Cameron Wake, Mario Williams, Jones and Andre Branch.http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/
Jones visited the Dolphins twice in the past two months, but the Dolphins wanted to hold off on signing him until after May 12, when it would not affect how many compensatory draft picks Miami will get in next year's draft.
Jones, 29, started 15 games for Detroit last season and had 31 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Pro Football Focus rated him the league’s 43rd best edge defender last season.
He had five sacks for Detroit as a starter in 2014.
Jones has played eight NFL seasons: four in Tennessee, one in Seattle and three in Detroit. He has 28 career sacks, 24 passes defended and 10 forced fumbles.
A second-round pick out of Eastern Michigan in 2008, Jones also visited the Dallas Cowboys last month.
The Dolphins have been planning to go into the season with Mario Williams starting at one defensive end spot and Cameron Wake and Andre Branch likely sharing time at the other, with Branch playing a lot on run-heavy downs to conserve Wake’s energy.
Wake is coming off an Achilles’ injury and the Dolphins say he is expected to be ready to play by Week 1.
Jones’ signing could change the dynamics and create competition with Branch for the defensive end role, opposite Williams, in base defense.
The Dolphins also have Chris McCain, Terrence Fede and CFL import Cleyon Laing at defensive end.
And Dion Jordan is eligible for reinstatement after a one-year suspension, with his agent saying on Twitter that he could be comeback player of the year.
The Dolphins entered the day with $18 million in cap space.