November 8, 2009; San Francisco, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jason Jones (91) prepares before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The Titans defeated the 49ers 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Money Ball: Will the Tennessee Titans Pay Jason Jones?

Many of us had thought DE/DT Jason Jones wouldn’t be brought back after struggling in his change to the DE position as his primary one. It’s starting to look like we were wrong. The Titans have been having contract talks with Jason Jones, though to what degree of success, no one can be quite sure.

Jones has been a pretty good force as a rushing DT, but his durability at that position has been less than impressive. He missed 13 games in his first three seasons, 12 of those coming in the first two years. The last two years his health has been better, only missing a total of three games, but there are definitely still  concerns there.

Jones is a good player coming off his rookie contract. He’ll be wanting money, money he may not find in Tennessee. The Titans (Coach Munchak) have recently gone on record, saying they’d look to move Jones back inside more, though he’s always bounced back and forth between the DE/DT positions.

Via the Tennessean:

 “We want to use him where he’s most productive. I don’t know that he would not come here over (which position) we were going to play him. The player has to make that decision based on what is best for his career, where he thinks he really is going to have a chance to be most productive, and where can he stay healthy the best.”

Obviously he wasn’t producing as well at DE.

The contract talks started days ago and as time drags on, you’ve got to be wondering how they’re doing. My guess is it’s all about money now. Jones wants it and the Titans are playing it cautiously.

We’ll just have to wait to see how it ends. Maybe our first guess wasn’t actually that far off…

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