Former Michigan Wolverine linebacker Dhani Jones scooped John Clayton, Len Pasquarelli and Adam Schefter yesterday in announcing that he signed a one-year contract with the Saints. Jones was recently released by the Philadelphia Eagles, with whom he spent the past three seasons; in 2006, Jones registered 56 tackles in 13 starts. Jones was drafted by the New York Giants in 2001, following a successful career at the University of Michigan. He spent three seasons with the Giants before moving to Philadelphia.
Jones' announcement came during an interview with the NFL Network on Thursday. He mentioned that his prior relationship with Saints' Head Coach Sean Payton played a large role in his decision. Jones and Payton worked together as members of the Giants, Jones as a player and Payton as an asistant coach. Said Jones,
It was a difficult (decision), but at the same time we're excited about going to New Orleans," Jones said. "What Reggie Bush and Coach Sean Payton bring to the table, it's going to be an exceptional year.
Jones will slot behind incumbent Scott Fujita on the depth chart at strongside linebacker. He provides the Saints with a capable, experienced backup. Moreover, Jones has proven himself as an articulate, engaging personality off the field. He has written for ESPN's Page 2, and hosted shows for the network. He also owns a successful bow-tie production company. In 2004, Jones even served as a guest conductor for the Philadelphia Pops. Jones' name means "Thinking Man" in Hindi.