After re-signing with Detroit as an unrestricted free agent, 12-year veteran and Michigan native, tackle Jon Jansen, is looking forward to spending another season in Detroit.
Jansen: “I’m very excited to be back in Detroit for another year. I think we have everything headed in the right direction. I want to be a part of returning the Lions to where they should be and I think this year is going to be a major step in doing that.
“It’s my hometown and the state of Michigan is where I’ve always lived, even when I played for Washington. To be able to be close to home, family and friends and to be able to be close to the University of Michigan are all important factors in deciding to come back to Detroit.”
Having spent the first 10 years of his career with the Washington Redskins, Jansen signed as a free agent with Detroit in 2009 and served as a back-up offensive lineman. He was active for 11 games, including two starts.
While Jansen didn’t receive significant playing time on offense, his veteran leadership and experience has served as an invaluable addition to the line and is something that he prides himself in sharing with his teammates.
Jansen: “I obviously want to come in and compete for a starting spot, whether it’s right tackle or anywhere across the offensive line. I understand there are some positions that are probably secure and in that I want to push those guys to get better and also use my experience to relate some information to Gos (Cherilus), Jeff (Backus), Dom (Raiola) and all of those guys up there. I want to use what I’ve learned over the last 11 years in the NFL to help better our offensive line.”
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