The Bears have signed former Bucs defensive end Howard Jones to the practice squad, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times (on Twitter). This marks Jones’ first employment since being non-tendered by the Buccaneers in the offseason.
The 27-year-old auditioned for the Jets twice this year and recently worked out for the Titans. However, it was his September 25th audition with Chicago that landed him a job. It’s somewhat surprising to see that Jones had to settle for a practice squad deal, but then again he is returning from a torn ACL suffered last November.
Jones wasn’t a major contributor for the Bucs in his eight games last season, but he did manage five sacks in a rotational role for Tampa Bay in 2015.
The Bears run a 3-4 scheme, so Jones is likely being viewed by them as an outside linebacker. If there’s an injury to one of Chicago’s OLBs, it might not be long before the 27-year-old gets a shot on the 53-man roster.
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