Datone Jones is on to his fourth team in three months. The pass rusher is hoping he’ll be in Dallas for a while.
Jones signed a two-year deal on Sunday. The well-traveled defensive end is ready to settle in with the Cowboys.
“I’ve been on multiple teams, bouncing around; it’s kind of hard finding a groove,” Jones said, per Todd Archer of ESPN. “It’s kind of easy to get down and give up on yourself and start thinking about life after ball. For me, this opportunity has been a blessing for me and my family. All I can do is come in here and compete and challenge myself to be the best Datone Jones I can be and create a competitive environment inside the defensive line room.”
Jones started the year with the Minnesota Vikings. A shoulder injury led to a settlement with Minnesota in Sept. He then spent a week with the Detroit Lions before joining the San Francisco 49ers. Jones was then released by the Niners after playing three games and now his roller coaster ride stops in Dallas.
The Cowboys have 10 defensive lineman with the addition of Jones. Dallas is hoping Jones can add depth to their D-line. The team likes his versatility and high motor. He might not make a big contribution this season. But with the two-year deal the team has an opportunity to take an extended look at him, which makes his signing a low-risk gamble.
Jones, a 2013 first-round pick by the Green Bay Packers, has 80 tackles and 9 sacks in his career.