The Detroit Lions may lose another starter on defense this offseason. After losing Isa Abdul-Quddus to Miami, defensive end Jason Jones could be next. Jones has interest from both the Miami Dolphins and the Pittsburgh Steelers:
DE Jason Jones, who was with the Lions the last three years, is visiting the Miami Dolphins today.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) March 11, 2016
Steelers exploring pass-rush help, considering Lions DE Jason Jones https://t.co/TUmv1sZtbA— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 11, 2016
Jones has started 31 of the Lions' past 32 games opposite Ezekiel Ansah on the defensive line. In that time, he has racked up 9.5 sacks, 41 tackles and three forced fumbles.
If Jones were to leave, the Lions would have a massive hole at defensive end. Currently Detroit has just two ends under contract: Ansah and Devin Taylor. Although Taylor had a breakout year in 2015 and could be slated to start next season, the Lions will still need some serious depth behind him. Detroit has expressed interest in the former Patriots defensive end Akiem Hicks, but Hicks is scheduled to visit the Bears on Friday.