When the Minnesota Vikings needed to clear a spot on the roster to make room for newly-signed wide receiver Josh Doctson, many. . .including myself. . .were pretty surprised to see that the player that was let go was center/guard Brett Jones. Now, it sounds like the team is trying to get him back into the fold.
The Vikings have been in contact with Brett Jones and hope to re-sign the center before Wednesday's practice, per a source.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) September 9, 2019
The Vikings never had Jones clear out his locker after they cut him last week, so perhaps they knew they'd want to re-sign Jones the whole time.
Chad Graff of The Athletic is reporting that the Vikings are trying to get Jones back to the team before Wednesday’s practice, and that appears to have been the plan all along. After all, according to Graff, the Vikings didn’t have Jones clear out his locker before he was let go.
Jones was acquired from the New York Giants during the 2018 offseason in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick. He saw very little action for the team in 2018, but had an outstanding preseason. That’s why it was so surprising that he was let go. It appeared that Pat Elflein had a pretty rough go of it on Sunday against Atlanta, and having Jones available would certainly do a lot to alleviate concerns if that were to happen again.
If the Vikings were to bring Jones back, they would have to make a corresponding roster move. I’m not sure what move that would be at this point, but whenever this signing happens, we’ll bring you all of those sorts of details.