The writing could be on the wall for the Packers to lose free-agent linebacker Brad Jones.
According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jones arrived in Tennessee for a visit with the Titans Thursday and remains there Friday.
It’s Jones’ first official visit, but more could be coming if Jones leaves Tennessee without a deal. Agent Josh Wright told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that as many as eight teams have expressed interest in the 26-year-old linebacker since the start of free agency.
If interest in Jones is as vast as reported—his visit to Tennessee certainly helps confirm such an idea—the Packers might be priced out of re-signing a player who made 10 starts as a fill-in last season.
Season-ending injuries to both Desmond Bishop (hamstring) and D.J. Smith (knee) thrust Jones into a new role—playing inside in the 3-4 defense—and he went on to register 77 tackles, two sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble.
Pro Football Focus graded Jones as the Packers’ best inside linebacker last season, although his play did slip once the number of snaps piled up and the postseason began. His best game came against the Titans in December.
Of the interior linebackers still on the market, only Kevin Burnett had a higher PFF grade than Jones last season.
If signed, Jones would be the seventh new player for the free-spending Titans this offseason.
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at email@example.com.