The Packers will decline the fifth-year option on 2013 first-round draft pick Datone Jones, according to a source who spoke with Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Jones is now entering his contract year with Green Bay.
Jones, 26 in July, was suspended for the first game of the 2015 season due to a citation for marijuana possession. After that, he went on to appear in the remaining 15 regular season games plus Green Bay’s two postseason contests. In the regular season, the defensive end racked up 20 total tackles, three sacks, and three passes defended. Ultimately, he did not do enough to make Green Bay want to lock him in at a hefty rate for 2017.
In other Packers news, veteran Mike Neal has apparently “moved on” from the club, prompting the team to draft a promising linebacker in the third round.
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