Cowboys to sign former Packers first-round pick Datone Jones
When the Dallas Cowboys release running back Darren McFadden Monday, they’ll sign defensive lineman Datone Jones, according to a report from Todd Archer of ESPN.com.
Jones and the Cowboys have agreed in principle to a two-year deal, Archer has reported. The former first-round pick should be used to provide some depth and versatility to a defensive line that hasn’t registered a sack in the last two weeks.
Jones was originally the No. 26 overall pick of the Green Bay Packers at the 2013 NFL Draft. The UCLA product spent four seasons with the Packers, recording 9 sacks and making 80 total tackles while playing in 59 games and making seven starts.
The Packers declined to pick up his fifth-year option and he was allowed to walk in free agency this offseason. He’d eventually sign with the Minnesota Vikings, but was placed on injured reserve and later released with a settlement.
Jones then signed with the San Francisco 49ers and played in three games before he was released earlier this month.
The 27-year-old defender has the versatility to play both defensive end and defensive tackle in Rod Marinelli’s defense thanks to his 6-foot-4, 284-pound frame. He’s even got some experience standing up and playing outside linebacker in Green Bay’s 3-4 scheme.