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Raiders sign veteran DL Datone Jones

Datone Jones, Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders have signed defensive lineman Datone Jones, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Jones did not play a regular season game in 2019. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars last June and appeared in all four of the club’s preseason contests, but he was cut before the regular season started.

The 30-year-old new member of the Raiders, who played his collegiate football at UCLA, was originally selected by the Green Bay Packers in the first round (26th pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He played in all 16 games during his rookie campaign but was a disappointment, logging just 10 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

The following year, Jones appeared in 13 contests, but once again, his impact was limited, as he finished with 20 tackles, 1.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Jones spent the first four seasons of his career with the Packers but never lived up to his first-round billing, with his best year coming in 2015 when he registered 20 tackles and three sacks.

After his stint in Green Bay, Jones linked up with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017 but was cut before even playing in a single game with the team. Later on that season, Jones made his way to the San Francisco 49ers, where he participated in three games and tallied six tackles before being released after a few weeks. He then joined the Dallas Cowboys shortly after, playing in four contests and posting nine tackles and a sack.

Jones then played one more game with the Cowboys in 2018. He has not appeared in a regular season contest since.