The Packers reputation for keeping their own and building through the draft will seriously being questioned after the 2017 free agency ends. After letting Micah Hyde, T.J. Lang, J.C. Tretter, Eddie Lacy, and Julius Peppers walk, the news just came out the Datone Jones has been signed by the rival Minnesota Vikings.
We have signed DE Datone Jones (@IAM_Dat_One).
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 14, 2017
The contract is reported to be a 1 year prove it contract worth 3.75 millions dollars.
Jones was a first round pick by the Packers in 2013 and was selected as a defensive end. When Jones failed to live up to his first round billing he was converted to an OLB but struggled to make much of an impact there.
In his 4 years as a Packer, Jones accumulated 58 tackles, 9 sacks, and a pick.
The general consensus seems to be that Jones found a much more suitable home in Minnesota as a 4-3 defensive end, a position more suited to a man of his measurables.
Fortunately for the Packers, this bodes well for the compensatory pick bid in 2018. Unfortunately, only 4 players are allowed for consideration.
Although Jones is now a Viking and is therefore an enemy, we wish you the best Datone. That is with the exception of 2 days per year. We wish you the absolute worst on those particular days.