Vikings Sign Former Packers LB/DL Datone Jones

Elliot missed five games this past season but led the Packers in special teams tackles.

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

The Green Bay Packers re-signed linebacker Jayrone Elliot on Monday.




In addition to crossing the border, Jones will be shifting from the Packers 3-4 base in which he's played defensive end and outside linebacker to likely manning the defensive line in the Vikings 4-3 base.

A first-round draft pick out of UCLA in 2013, Jones played his first four National Football League season with the Green Bay Packers and played in 59 games.

The contract is for one year and is worth $3.75 million with a chance to be as high as $5 million, according to Mike Garafolo. He's the first defender to make a reported free agent visit to the Vikings. 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 previous year with injuries to Floyd and Johnson. Jones has nine sacks and seven passes defended in his career.

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