House returning to Packers, Jones signs with Vikings

Posted March 25, 2017

What Jones saw from Linval Joseph, Tom Johnson and others amounted to resurrected careers, which Jones now seeks after the Packers let him walk out of Green Bay four years after making him the 26th overall pick. Jones said Tuesday he would "absolutely" be open to playing tackle if asked to do so.

Of the Green Bay Packers' 10 unrestricted free agents heading into free agency, six of them have left town.

As of this afternoon, two of the players who contributed heavily to the Green Bay Packers' special teams down the stretch in 2016 are now under contract for 2017. Unless he goes on an unexpected free agency spending spree, a number of key backup positions will likely be manned by rookies.

The 27-year-old cornerback agreed to re-join the Packers on a one-year deal worth approximately $3.5 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. He made the active roster by October and played in seven games there, making one start in place of injured former Griz teammate Brock Coyle, but the Seahawks waived him from injured reserve in December.

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The 26-year-old Jones spent the 2016 National Football League campaign playing outside linebacker in Green Bay's 3-4 front after playing in the early part of his career as a defensive end.

"From what they showed me, [Andre Patterson] is a technician", Jones said of his new defensive line coach.

Jones and Lacy followed in the footsteps of guard T.J. Lang (Detroit), defensive back Micah Hyde (Buffalo), center J.C. Tretter (Cleveland) and outside linebacker Julius Peppers (Carolina). The two Vikings linebackers gave Jones a preview before he arrived in Minnesota on Monday night.

He'll try to prove himself twice next season against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whom Jones said became a brother of his during four seasons together.