The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday that they’ve signed former Packers DE Datone Jones to a contract.
- Mike Garafolo reports that Jones receives a one-year, $3.75 million deal that can be worth as much as $5 million.
Jones took his first and only visit to Minnesota a few days ago and it looks like they managed to close the deal.
Jones, 26, was taken with the No. 26 overall pick back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year, $7.71 million rookie contract that included a base salary of $1 million for the 2016 season and is now testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.
Last year, the Packers declined to pick up Jones’ fifth-year option that would have run them $8 million for the 2017 season.
In 2016, Jones appeared in 15 games for the Packers and recorded 22 tackles, one sack, and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 61 edge rusher out of 109 qualifying players.
We had him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.