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Minnesota Vikings sign DE Datone Jones

The Minnesota Vikings signed their first defensive free agent of the signing period.

The Minnesota Vikings have added to their defensive line, signing former Green Bay Packers defender Datone Jones.

Jones played outside linebacker for the Packers after he didn’t fit their scheme as a defensive end, but that’s a position he will fit more naturally in the Vikings’ 4-3 defense.

According to NFL Network, Jones signed a one-year contract for $3.75 million with the chance to make $5 million.

Jones played in 15 games each of the last two seasons in Green Bay, starting four games last year and totaling 22 tackles in 2016. In four years with the Packers, he has nine sacks. The 26-year old played his collegiate ball for UCLA, a school that also produced current Vikings linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks.

The Vikings already have Everson Griffen, Brian Robison and Danielle Hunter at defensive end, but reserve defensive end Justin Trattou is a free agent. Jones could also contribute as a three-technique defensive tackle, where Sharrif Floyd and Tom Johnson have generally rotated, although Shamar Stephen took on a bigger role there last year with injuries to Floyd and Johnson. 

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