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Safety Sean Jones to the Bucs is a done deal



The Bucs have finally put the finishing touches on a contract for free agent safety Sean Jones, formerly of the Eagles.

The value and length of the deal aren't immediately clear, but Jones is definitely on board.

Jones, 6-1 and 220 pounds, is entering his seventh season and has started 53 of his past 59 games. He figures to get a good look at strong safety, where the Bucs are expected to make Sabby Piscitelli defend his starting job after his struggles last season.

Jones has 16 interceptions in his career, all coming in the past four seasons. He is someone the Bucs scouted when he entered the league in 2004 out of the University of Georgia, so the franchise is familiar with his work.

Jones is adept at playing near the line of scrimmage in run support, but his interception totals also suggest he has, at minimum, adequate coverage skills.

Where he fits in will be determined with his performance in training camp and during the preseason, but the Bucs see Jones as a potential starter for them.

Before the deal became official, coach Raheem Morris said of Jones, "He's been productive on special teams and he's been productive on (defense). Everywhere he's been he's been productive. He had a little bit of an injury history, but he's been able to overcome it and be a starter pretty much everywhere he's been. We're fired up to get him. It'll be good competition."

The Bucs had to wait a few days to get a deal done with Jones as he went through with a scheduled visit with the Titans on Sunday and Monday after spending Friday with the Bucs in Tampa. Jones left Nashville without a contract and the Bucs seized the opportunity today.

-- STEPHEN F. HOLDER, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:57pm]


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