The Green Bay Packers have agreed to a new deal with linebacker Brad Jones, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
League source said #Packers have re-signed LB Brad Jones. No numbers yet.
— tom silverstein (@TomSilverstein) March 21, 2013
Jones made a free-agent visit to Tennessee and reportedly had interest from several other teams. However, just one day after meeting with team officials at Lambeau Field, Jones has agreed to return to Green Bay.
A backup for most of his first three NFL seasons, Jones emerged as a key contributor in 2012 once Desmond Bishop (hamstring) and D.J. Smith (anterior cruciate ligament) were lost for the season. A fill-in at inside linebacker from Week 7 on, Jones finished with 77 tackles, two sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble over 10 regular-season starts.
UPDATE: Jones signed a three-year deal worth $11.75 million, with $3 million in signing bonuses.
If Jones found his market colder than he expected, the Packers could be getting a team-friendly deal. Either that, or Jones returned from visiting with other teams armed with the leverage needed to get the deal he wanted from Green Bay.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.