Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Jason Jones (91) pumps up the crowd during the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Ford Field. Detroit won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
The three year contract Jason Jones signed prior to the 2013 season is set to expire, bringing into doubt whether Jones’ days as a Lion are numbered.
He has been one of the most consistently productive members of the Lions defensive line and brings versatility to play outside or lineup inside on pass rushing downs. But as Jones’ contract is getting ready to expire, we’re seeing the emergence of Devin Taylor as a more consistent contributor.
Taylor is the one player on the roster who can match the physical profile of Jones and the skill set to play inside and out. Unlike Jones, Taylor is under contract for 2016 with a cap hit of just over $750,000 in the final year of his rookie deal.
If the Lions are ready to count on Taylor as a full-time contributor in the role Jones has held in his time in Detroit, Jones could be looking for a new home in 2016. With a fine backup option if Jones doesn’t return, Jones may be able to find a better deal in free agency than what the Lions might offer if they have interest in bringing him back.
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