GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU) Brad Jones is staying in Green Bay. The Packers re-signed the free agent linebacker to a new contract. Terms were not immediately available.
Jones played on the outside in his first four N-F-L seasons. He moved inside after linebackers Desmond Bishop and D-J Smith went out early last season with injuries. The 26-year-old Jones started the Packers’ final 14 games in 2012, including the playoffs. He had two sacks last year, along with four pass break-ups and a forced fumble.
Jones’ signing means there will be at least six candidates for the two starting inside linebacker jobs at training camp. Bishop is due to return, along with starter A-J Hawk who took a pay cut to stay with the Pack. Fourth-year reserve Robert Francois signed a new deal last week. Backups Terrell Manning and Jamari Lattimore are the fifth-and-sixth possible candidates. Smith is coming off knee reconstructive surgery, and is not due back until after the regular season begins.