The New Orleans Saints will be releasing defensive tackle Jason Jones, according to Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. The move comes just two-and-a-half weeks after the Saints originally signed Jones.
Jones played in a pair of preseason games for the NFC South franchise, and while he played well, the Saints apparently feel more comfortable in their younger defensive linemen moving forward. The Saints will represent Jones’ fifth NFL team.
He played his collegiate football at Eastern Michigan University and was originally selected by the Tennessee Titans in the second round (54th pick overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. Jones immediately impressed during his rookie campaign, playing in 13 games and making three starts. He finished with 31 total tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles. He proceeded to spend the first four years of his career with the Titans before signing with the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent in March 2012.
However, Jones’ lone season with the Seahawks was relatively unproductive, and one year after signing with Seattle, he inked at 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 over the final two years of his tenure in Detroit, Jones totaled 55 total tackles, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. The 31-year-old then signed with the Miami Dolphins after his contract with the Lions was up, playing in 14 contests and making five starts in 2016. He recorded 36 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
The Saints will play their final preseason game on Thursday when they take on the Baltimore Ravens.