Lions find veteran safety help in Sean Jones

Posted by ttwentyman on June 25, 2012 – 1:59 pm

The Lions have found themselves some veteran help at safety.

The team signed  veteran Sean Jones to a one-year contract. Jones passed his physical with the team on Monday and signed the deal soon after. An unrestricted free agent, Jones, 30, visited the Lions’ practice facility in Allen Park in early May, but left without a contract.

He started 32 games at strong safety for the Buccaneers over the last two years.

The Browns selected Jones in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, but he missed his rookie season due to a knee injury suffered before the season. He made his debut the following season, playing mostly on special teams, and finished with 23 tackles. He assumed the Browns’ starting strong safety spot in 2006 and had 14 interceptions and 263 tackles from 2006-2008 with the team.

He played one season with the Eagles in 2009 (replacing Brian Dawkins at strong safety) before signing with the Buccaneers as a free agent before the 2010 season. Jones had 92 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble last year.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said during the team’s mandatory minicamp two weeks ago that he wanted to get a good look at some of the younger safeties on the roster before making any moves with a number of veteran free agents the Lions brought in this offseason. Mayhew obviously didn’t see what he wanted in those younger players, so he made the move to sign Jones.

Jones will likely compete with Amari Spievey, Erik Coleman and Don Carey for the other starting safety spot opposite Louis Delmas.

Spievey, who’s started most of the last two years at safety for the Lions, has been inconsistent over his tenure, which prompted the team to seek out veteran help this offseason. The Lions also brought in veteran free-agent safeties O.J. Atogwe and Chris Crocker for visits.

Jones is an eight-year veteran with a bevy of experience who’s played in 107 career games with 85 starts.

The team released undrafted rookie free agent safety Sam Proctor to make room for Jones on the 90-man roster.

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21 Responses to “Lions find veteran safety help in Sean Jones”

  1. By tayari kuanda on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    Okay Lets see some D-FENSE! That is when it counts. Go Lions!

  2. By Lance Manly on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply


    Love the way Mayhew and Schwartz are constantly adding pieces; even if only a slight up grade to our roster.

    This is a Good Upgrade to our safety position; last week Lion’s swapped up from undrafted CB that didn’t go to combine to undrafted CB that did go. Still may not make the team, but I do appreciate bringing in players to upgrade at every position.

    This safety should push for a starting position; that’s good.

    Go Lions!

  3. By rockbo1955 on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    This is what I was talking about during and after the draft mathew and scwartz our keep a close eye out for players that fit the scheme and can play and look we have a good nuclus of young and and veterans brought in to fix the secondary! they no what they our doing and they have there own time frame to get it done and they our not finish yet! GO LIONS!

  4. By Danny Green on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    Glad we’re getting more help in our secondary especially a consistent player

  5. By littlelionluver on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    I absolutely love this signing! Sure tackler with excellent ball skills and decent speed for being 220+. Mayhew deserves alot more credit than what he get’s and he sure knows DB’s. Jones will be good for a hundred or so tackles and free up Louis for some unexpected quarterback smashings. SCHWARTZ for coach of year, Martin for GM of year. GO LIONS!!!!!!!

  6. By littlelionluver on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yeah, check out Jones film against Atlanta last year. Picks off Matt Ryan, returns it about 30 yards, breaks four tackles. He will fit in perfectly on the back half. If our fearsome front can get pressure consistently, we could be taking a few more Pick6’s to the house. Heck, we had three or four last year. I can’t wait till August 2nd to see these guys up close again!

  7. By Oldcat on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    Being a solid DB back in his playing days, Mayhew definitely knows good secondary players when he sees them. I like that he’s collected a handful of good prospects to create some great competition when camp comes around. I think had it not been for injuries last year the secondary would have been much better. The bad thing last year was the lack of quality backup depth. Hopefully this year the quality of depth will be better, and if needed, backups will be moreso interchangeable on a closer talent level. A big reason the elite teams are elite is because of their quality depth of talent. The Lions are finally accumulating the kind of depth a team needs to sustain winning throughout a season when inevitable injuries take some players of the field. And might I add: The organization is doing an incredible job of building talent in spite of the salary cap situation they are forced to presently deal with. Hopefully they’ll get that issue straightened out in the next couple years as well. BUT that’s sore topic I won’t go into…

  8. By quarter2midnite on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    Smart upgrade at a much needed position……….we’re comin’.

  9. By Jason9922 on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    Its very cool that now the Lions had a good season, now decent players are actually looking at coming to Detroit to play again!! Nobody wants to go play for a team thats only won 2 games in 2 years ya know. Now there is a future and people are seeing that and want to get in before the SUPERBOWL TEAM is ready and that train leaves the station!!! This signing right here gives me tons more confidence in the Lions!! He might not be a MVP pro bowler but he’s a solid player and before, the Lions had to pay “solid players” big time contracts to get them to come to Detroit. Another big reason why there was no cap left to get anyone else. Does anyone else remember Roy Williams? Rogers? There’s a couple guys who got huge contracts when they signed and amounted to jack!
    GO LIONS!!

  10. By bigwalt2990 on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    No one knows if this is an upgrade, not even the front office. All you can do is assume, and typically assuming is a bad thing. Ask the Eagles..until you play actual games, you don’t know how players will PLAY with each other. Do we go into the season with Delmas Spievey Coleman and this guy? I doubt it…but..I’m assuming.

  11. By Hogfish on Jun 26, 2012 | Reply

    Veterans if they still have the speed and offer reasonable money requests are worth a look. Sean Jones three different teams and now four in eight years. Spievey is a good denfensive back. More playing time is what he needs. Spievey when he played was quality. Spievey was very well liked and talked about by the fans. More playing time for our young players please.

  12. By PDDispatcher on Jun 26, 2012 | Reply

    At least we’re all in agreement on this choice. I was a bit worried when the free agent bonanza was going on and nothing happened. I understand though that it is important to see what you have before bringing someone new in. With a veteran signed, it means that there will be another voice of experience and hopefully logic both on the field and in the locker room. I sure would rather read this kind of story more than one of the rookies still acting 16 years old. This move makes me feel a lot better now. Even if it only takes us up from the 23RD rated Defense to the 20TH, it’s in the right direction.

  13. By Andrew on Jun 26, 2012 | Reply

    Glad to see we didnt wait any longer to sign a veteran Safety. We all were hoping OJ Atowge would of been signed as a Lion, but the Eagles snuck up on all of us and signed Atowge last week. Therefore Mayhew & Schwartz’s next best choices at Safety were between Sean Jones, Chris Crocker or Dean Grant. Obviously Sean Jones was the best choice (IMO), Chris Crocker will be in his 11th season & Deon Grant will be in his 14th season, which they still are efficient but durability as far as a long term option it would be a very risky for any team. Sean Jones will be in his 8th season and can give us a few years of quality depth (if we decide to resign him after this year). Also to mention how we obtained 7th year SS Chris Harris on a waiver wire at the end of last season, who was decent considering he didnt have the full preparation joining the team as the others who have been on the team the whole time. Harris had a couple good games (including the INT that sealed the win against the Panthers) but also wasnt consistent. Sean Jones should be a major upgrade over Chris Harris. So most likely our ***top 5 Safetie’s that will make the team on the 53 man roster will be :

    FS Louis Delmas (starter) SS Amari Spievey FS/SS/ST John Wendling
    FS Erik Coleman SS Sean Jones *SS Don Carey

    ***Top 5 Cornerback’s :

    CB Chris Houston CB Dwight Bentley
    CB Jacob Lacey CB Alphonso Smith
    CB Aaron Berry * CB Chris Greenwood

    *** Based on our current roster as of this point
    * If we carry a 6th player into our secondary depth

    The question now, Is our CB situation promising enough for the 2012 season?

  14. By littlelionluver on Jun 26, 2012 | Reply

    Now we have Berry making another stupid decision. We may be broke and have to work for a living, but atleast our fans don’t disgrace the organization at every turn. He can’t catch (as evidence shows against New Orleans when we still were in the game), he can’t stay healthy, he runs his mouth, and he has no respect for our franchise, and obviously has no appreciation for the sickening amount of money he get’s for playing a game. We have no business keeping such a low-character individual on our roster. Trade him (if anybody would take him), or release him, but please get this rogue off our team

  15. By ptrck187 on Jun 26, 2012 | Reply

    17 picks in eight years is not to bad. 92 tackles last season!!!! Alarming, our D Line is much better, so he can help more ober the middle instead of picking up the slack of Tampa’s non agressive D Line. Not a bad player, He still has to make the final cut. Lets see if the quitter attitude follows with him. If it does then he will be out.

  16. By Jeff on Jun 26, 2012 | Reply

    I wasn’t impressed with CB Smith or CB Berry last year, but I was hoping that they would prove me wrong and a have breakout season this year. DUI’s and hit and run’s won’t help, but another good safety sure will.

    It’s great to be a Lions fan. Every game is exciting to watch. So much talent on both sides of the ball.

  17. By Bryan M on Jun 27, 2012 | Reply

    this may be one of those drinking the kool aide moments but that mayhem really seems to know what he”s doing,

  18. By CJ S. on Jun 28, 2012 | Reply

    I know its not managements fault, all of these players getting arrested (well at least you hope its not, Schwartz won’t put up with it I know) but my question is, where is Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson. If I’m then, I’m pulling a “Remember Titans” move, calling everyone to the practice facility and telling them what for. Your QB, your captain, has to real this crap in.

    Here’s to hoping a good piece of news is the next thing we hear after this one.

  19. By CJ S. on Jun 28, 2012 | Reply


  20. By ptrck187 on Jun 28, 2012 | Reply

    I totally agree, the team leaders need to step up and handle this and call everyone in for a meeting and exclude the coaching staff. I believe that this approach will bring the team even closer together. Good call CJ S.

  21. By Soulman45 on Jul 25, 2012 | Reply

    Why was this guy out their so long why didn’t some other team get him if he is good.
    I hope he work out still need a CB to help out need more they get hurt a lot their size being small the RB.s and TE’s all are over 200lbs they come in at 180’s that why at the end of the year WO is playing for the DB’s need a lot of them.

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