The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms with 2013 first-round pick Datone Jones, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Jones is a former draft pick of the Green Bay Packers out of UCLA, and he’s into his fifth year in the league.
Jones spent the first four seasons of his career with the Packers before briefly spending time with both the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions this season.
He signed a one-year deal with Minnesota before they placed him on injured reserve on Sept. 2. They eventually released him with an injury settlement, and he joined the Lions on Oct. 11. Unfortunately for him, his stint with the Lions was brief, and he was released on Oct. 18.
Now he’s landed with the 49ers, a team that recently signed and then released veteran cornerback Leon Hall before he ever took a snap for them. The defensive line is beset by injuries and a lack of production from those that aren’t hurt. Leger Douzable and Tony McDaniel took over 70 snaps combined against the Dallas Cowboys.
Jones has played in 59 games, starting seven of them. He has 73 total tackles, 9.0 sacks, an interception and one fumble recovery in that time. He did not record any stats with the Vikings or Lions. He was the No. 26 overall pick in 2013.
The 49ers recently lost Arik Armstead for the season, and also have Tank Carradine on injured reserve. Aaron Lynch is also ailing, while rookie Solomon Thomas isn’t playing at a particularly high level.
We’ll see if Jones’ stint with the 49ers lasts longer than Hall’s.