Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Bucs make Jones signing official
By Pat Yasinskas
As expected, the Bucs just officially announced the signing of safety Sean Jones to a two-year contract.
This is Tampa Bay’s first significant acquisition of the offseason and Jones immediately should contend for a starting safety spot. The Bucs weren’t pleased with the play of Sabby Piscitelli in his first season as the starter at strong safety.
Jones likely moves instantly ahead of Piscitelli on the depth chart and is the favorite to start opposite Tanard Jackson. The Bucs still have Jermaine Phillips, who formerly was a starter at safety, but moved briefly to linebacker last year. It’s not certain what the Bucs will do with Phillips this year, but the arrival of Jones seems to solidify the safety positions.
Jones spent last season with Philadelphia and started nine games while making two interceptions. He also led the Eagles with 20 tackles on special teams. Jones came into the league with Cleveland in 2004 and spent his first five seasons with the Browns. He has played in 75 games with 53 starts.