The Cleveland Browns have no plans to bring back veteran linebacker Deion Jones to help fill the void despite they still have some place for improvement at linebacker.
Last season, the Browns traded Deion Jones bringing him in to bolster their depth. The Falcons traded Jones and a seventh-round pick to the Browns in exchange for a sixth-round pick. He just played in 11 games with Cleveland, notching five starts. Jones had 44 tackles, six tackles for loss, and an interception but graded out at 48.3 on Pro Football Focus. Jones played on 39 percent of the defensive snaps in the games he was active for.
To hold down the fort at linebacker the Browns are relying on Anthony Walker Jr., Sione Takitaki, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, and Jacob Phillips. Last season, all four finished on IR and there are concerns about availability. According to team insider Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, a reunion with Deion Jones is not currently under consideration.
“I think the Browns are comfortable with their linebacker room considering that most of their players who suffered season-ending injuries are expected back at or near the start of the season,” Cabot said. “If Anthony Walker Jr., Sione Takitaki, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, and Jacob Phillips can all stay healthy, they should have a robust linebacking corps this season. At this point, they have no plans to bring back Jones.”
Deion Jones was a Pro Bowler in 2017 and has notched over 100 tackles in five of his seven seasons.
However, Myles Jack emerged as the best option for the Browns.
It would be pretty good for the Browns to add another name into the mix. A name that has been considered by PFF is Myles Jack.
“Myles Jack will still be just 28 years old for the duration of the 2023 season and has posted a missed tackle rate below 10% in three straight seasons,” PFF’s Brad Spielberger wrote. “His 76 defensive stops against the run over that span rank 12th among off-ball linebackers.”