The Packers lose one of their own to division rival.
Per Bleacher Report, defensive lineman Datone Jones will sign with the Minnesota Vikings and the deal is a one-year deal worth $3.75 million, but has the potential to hit $5 million.
Jones travels leaves the Green Bay Packers after spending the last four years as member of the defense. During his time in Green Bay, Jones had 74 tackles, nine sacks, a fumble recovery, an interception, and seven pass defensed. His rookie season in 2013 was likely his best year as a pro as he played in all 16 games, while registering 3.5 of his nine total sacks, along with his lone fumble recovery.
There was hope that Jones would return to the Packers this upcoming season, but it turned out that the Packers decided against it.
“I love being a part of this organization, the city,” Jones told Ryan Wood of PackersNews.com, “and everything it has to offer as far as a fan base, and as far as that family feel. It’s special to be a part of this organization. You really don’t think about it until you’re sitting here, you’re in this light.
“For me, I’m just going to take it a day at a time. I’m not really worried about free agency because I really want to be back here.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2017
Datone Jones has increased his snaps played, defensive stops + total pressures generated every season of his NFL career.
— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) March 15, 2017
As a first-round pick, Jones hadn’t produced to what the Packers had hoped he would have by this time of his young career. Maybe a new scenery will help him, but he will be playing for the enemy now and now must chase the game’s best quarterback twice a year, something that many fail in doing as Aaron Rodgers shreds many defenses and the Vikings will be no different in 2017.
Obviously, the Vikings liked something that they saw in Jones, and the Packers were willing to let him walk!