Jones learning all three positions

Robert Jones has played middle linebacker all 10 seasons of his National Football League career, but for the first time in his career he has been learning all three linebacker positions. As the team negotiates with free agent Hardy Nickerson, Jones' versatility could make him a more valuable commodity.<p>

Meanwhile, Nickerson has visited Green Bay and Philadelphia and is weighing the pros and cons that each team has to offer.

"It's not even about the money involved," Parker told on Sunday. "At this point in his career, Hardy wants to win a championship, and that's the priority that he is really focusing on right now. The problem is, these teams are so similar, and both have Super Bowl-caliber personnel. (Nickerson) won't be rushed into anything, believe me."

The 15-year veteran middle linebacker would probably be placed in front of second-year pro Torrance Marshall at middle linebacker. Jones is expected to compete with Marshall for the starting job, but probably was signed more as a safety net. Marshall has been practicing with the first team throughout the June minicamp, which resumes today and ends on Wednesday.

"People ask if I'm afraid of him coming in and I say, 'No, because I can't control it,'" Jones said. "Green Bay's trying to get the best players in here to compete, to get the best players on the field. He's definitely a good football player. Where they are going to put him, home much they gonna play him ... they're not going to make a move if they don't think it will help the football team."

Philadelphia has about $9.9 million in salary cap space compared to Green Bay, which has about $4.34 million of cap space. Nickerson received $750,000 from Jacksonville upon his release from the Jaguars for his guaranteed base salary in 2002.

Jones says he would love to play alongside Nickerson. In the meantime, he is trying to get as many reps as possible at all three linebacker positions in the minicamp.

"I don't know what the situation might be," Jones said. "I've always been taught by guys who have played in front of me ... guys like Ken Norton and Roman Phifer that it's important to learn all three spots because you never know in a game situation if some guys goes down, or if it's a situation like this."

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