The New Orleans Saints have signed defensive tackle Jason Jones, according to Mike McCartney of Priority Sports Entertainment.
Jones spent the 2016 campaign with the Miami Dolphins, playing in 14 games (he missed two contests due to being suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy) and recording 36 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
He asked the Dolphins to release him back in January, and Miami granted him his request.
Jones, who played his college football at Eastern Michigan University, was originally selected by the Tennessee Titans in the second round (54th pick overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
He made an immediate impact during his rookie season, logging 31 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles for a Titans team that went on to win 13 games.
Jones spent the first four years of his career in Tennessee, finishing with 15.5 total sacks during that span.
He then proceeded to sign with the Seattle Seahawks for the 2012 campaign, but his production was limited, as Jones registered just 10 tackles and three sacks in 12 games on the season.
After his one-year stint with the Seahawks, the 31-year-old landed a three-year deal with the Detroit Lions. He played in only three games during his first season with the Lions due to a knee injury, but in his second year, he posted 24 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in what was probably his most productive campaign since his rookie season.
Throughout his nine-year NFL career, Jones has tallied 31.5 sacks.
The Saints lost their first preseason game, 20-14, to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.
They will take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Aug. 20.