The long-awaited Jason Jones deal became official Monday, as the Dolphins signed the veteran defensive end to a one-year contract.
The terms: $1.5 million in 2016, with more than $1 million guaranteed, NFL Network first reported.
The signing caps a two-month courtship; Jones visited the Dolphins early in free agency, but the team held off on signing him until now.
With Jones aboard, the Dolphins now have signed (or extended) four starting caliber defensive ends in the past two months: Cameron Wake, Mario Williams, Andre Branch and Jones.
How they plan on using all four remains to be seen, but much will depend on how quickly Wake recovers from last year’s Achilles tendon tear. The Dolphins expect him to be ready for Week 1, but signing Jones could be a savvy insurance policy.
“Cam looks fine,” defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said recently. “He has been here every day working hard. Cam is a worker. He’s a great leader. He’s a great worker. He has been here every day. He looks fine. We won’t know [if he will be ready for the season] until training camp starts. But if I’m guessing, he’ll be ready to go Week 1.”
Jones, who is entering his ninth NFL season, has played for the Titans, Seahawks and, most recently, the Lions. The former second-round pick has 176 tackles and 28 sacks in his career.
Jones played alongside Ndamukong Suh for two years in Detroit, including in 2014, when the Lions had one of the league’s top defenses.