We already now the Raiders are closely monitoring the veteran salary dump scene.
On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns cut linebacker Christian Kirksey and by Wednesday morning it was reported that the Raiders were bringing him in for a visit. With free agency officially opening in one week, the Raiders are already being aggressive on the open market.
It makes sense. The Raiders badly need linebackers and Kirksey would fill a starting spot.
With the Kirksey information known, it is worth wondering if the Raiders will take a run at Jones as well as they could use a strong safety. Karl Joseph is a free agent and it is not a sure thing the Raiders definitely will bring him back.
Jones is a two-time Pro Bowl player known for his smart play, with 21 interceptions in 10 NFL seasons. He could be a good veteran influence on promising second-year player Johnathan Abram, who has yet to play a full game. Abram was lost for the season in Week 1 last year with a shoulder injury but looked great before he was hurt. Adding a veteran could be good for Abram’s progress as he tries to make up for lost time.
But, like Kirksey, there are down sides to adding a cut veteran like Jones, who is 32.
He missed 12 games last season with injuries. Also, the Dolphins are projected to have an NFL-high $88 million in salary-cap room. The Jones’ release saves Miami $5.4 million. The Dolphins could have easily kept Jones.
But they felt the need to move on. Now, it’s time for the Raiders to decide if they think Jones could be a good fit.
Would you like to see Jones in the silver and black next season?