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Jets Sign Ex-Patriots, 49ers Defensive Lineman Chris Jones

June 05, 2018 - 1:33 pm
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Looking to bolster the defensive line for the upcoming season, the New York Jets signed unrestricted free agent Chris Jones on Tuesday.

Since being selected as a sixth-round pick by the Houston Texans in the 2013 draft, the product out of Bowling Green has jumped around from team to team during his first six years in the league. Never even suiting up for the Texans, he was quickly released. After being picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and subsequently let go again, the New England Patriots gave him a chance as he joined the roster for his rookie year.

That pickup turned out to be quite advantageous for the Patriots. Starting 11 games in 2013, Jones recorded six sacks and 54 combined tackles. The following season, Jones added three more sacks to his total while becoming an instrumental member on the special teams unit.

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Jones missed the entire 2015 season with a torn calf muscle that he reportedly battled through in Super Bowl XLIX and was eventually waived. Splitting his 2016 campaign with the Miami Dolphins and the San Francisco 49ers, Jones played in 13 games combined and started six for his latter team.

Jones was placed on injured reserve and didn’t play at all for the 49ers in 2017.

The 6-foot-1, 293-pound lineman brings a solid amount of experience to the table for the defensive line. Although, his recent history with injuries could definitely arouse some potential concerns.

In order to make room for the veteran, the Jets released fellow defensive lineman Claude Pelon on the same day.