As the Detroit Lions look to fill their need at defensive end, a name worth keeping in mind is Jason Jones. He makes sense for a number of reasons, and the Lions have already expressed interest in him, according to NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah.
I'm hearing DE Jason Jones has drawn interest from several teams, including NYG, DET, CLE and KC.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 11, 2013
Why does Jones make sense for the Lions? For starters, he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round in 2008. That was current Lions head coach Jim Schwartz's final year as defensive coordinator in Tennessee. Jones ended up playing for the Titans from 2008-11, and he was with the Seattle Seahawks last season.
The other major reason Jones makes sense for the Lions is that he's from Detroit. He played for Lathrup High School in Southfield, and he later played college football at Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti. Perhaps the Lions could play up the idea of returning home in their pursuit of Jones.
What kind of production could the Lions expect out of Jones if he does end up signing with them? Last season in Seattle, had he 10 tackles and 3.0 sacks in 12 games (with zero starts). From 2009-11, Jones had 4.0, 3.5 and 3.0 sacks, so his numbers have been relatively consistent. His best season in terms of sacks was actually in 2008 as a rookie, as he had 5.0 sacks in only 13 games while playing for Schwartz.