Eagles Sign Linebacker Brad Jones
The Eagles have signed inside linebacker Brad Jones to a two-year contract, the team announced.
Jones (6-3, 242) was released by the Packers last month after playing his first six seasons in Green Bay. He started 36 games over that time and amassed 293 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. The former seventh-round pick out of Colorado has 33 special teams tackles over his career. Nine of those came in 2014, per Pro Football Focus.
The Eagles had Jones in for a visit earlier today.
“The players as well as the staff are cohesively on one path and one goal, and I think that’s to be great,” Jones said during a conference call. “And I don’t think that attitude is [the same] in a lot of places or really anywhere that I’ve seen. I think it’s unique in that. The staff and the coaches are just constantly, from what I can glean, trying to constantly put players in the best situations to be productive and to be great. I fell in love with it immediately.”
Jones met with Chip Kelly, inside linebackers coach Rick Minter and special teams coach Dave Fipp, among others.
As for how he fits, Jones figures to be a backup/special teamer. Mychal Kendricks will start at one spot, while the team has to make a decision on what to do with DeMeco Ryans, who suffered a season-ending Achilles’ injury in November.
Najee Goode also suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1. Casey Matthews is scheduled to be a free agent. And Emmanuel Acho is still on the roster.
Sheil Kapadia contributed to this post.