For the second consecutive day the Steelers played host to a free agent, and for the second day in a row, the Green Bay Packers swooped in and signed one of their targets. Jones, who moved to outside linebacker in the Packers' 3-4 defensive scheme at the end of the 2015 season, will be a traditional defensive end in coach Mike Zimmer's 4-3 defense. Barclay returned to Green Bay on a reported one-year, $1.3 million deal, but he's a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none utility man who's valued for his versatility and doesn't really offer much upside as a starter. The Packers did not exercise Jones' fifth-year option, and so he became a free agent a week ago. "I'm not really anxious about free agency because I really want to be back here".
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"For me, I'm just going to take it a day at a time".
The 26-year-old Jones spent the 2016 National Football League campaign playing outside linebacker in Green Bay's 3-4 front after playing in the early part of his career as a defensive end.
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The Vikings list Jones at end, but he'll likely be asked to help at defensive tackle as Sharrif Floyd continues to rehab a knee injury that caused him to miss 15 games and Brian Robison (34 in April) and Tom Johnson (33 in August) approach the twilight of their careers. The two Vikings linebackers gave Jones a preview before he arrived in Minnesota on Monday night.
Datone Jones is an athletic and talented linebacker who can truly contribute to the Vikings on the defensive end.
"We're nonstop texting every day and talking every day", Jones said.
"Now, I've got a chance to chase Aaron (Rodgers), one of the best in the world", Jones told reporters in Minnesota. "Aaron knows. He knows I'm coming hungry".