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Wed, 15 Feb 2006 09:15:33 -0800
Michael Shaw, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports a federal judge in East St. Louis issues an order compelling free agent LB Mike Jones or a representative to show up in court in March to account for $42,000 that was supposed to help improve the area in Brooklyn, Mo. Jones' foundation was awarded a share of a $1 million fine in 2004 against the owner of a sex club where prostitution took place. Jones' foundation was given a deed to the property and the former linebacker suggested a gasoline station and convenience store be built, but no improvements were ever made. A building on the property was burned down several weeks ago. Court workers have been unable to reach Jones since then.
Tue, 19 Nov 2002 11:06:17 -0800
Steelers.com reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed LB Mike Jones (Raiders). Jones was signed because of a rash of injuries at the linebacker position. "He was here all last year. He knows the system," said coach Bill Cowher. "He was with the Raiders earlier. He was just released about three weeks ago. He is in playing condition. He will be a welcome sight. Our depth at that position has been hindered by injuries."
Thu, 31 Oct 2002 18:40:47 -0800
Associated Press reports the Oakland Raiders have released veteran LB Mike Jones.
Wed, 09 Oct 2002 18:54:15 -0700
Raiders.com reports the Oakland Raiders have officially re-signed LB Mike Jones to an undisclosed contract.
Wed, 09 Oct 2002 13:30:41 -0700
The Oakland Tribune reports the Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Mike Jones.
Sun, 01 Sep 2002 19:55:48 -0700
NFL.com reports the Oakland Raiders have released LB Mike Jones.
Mon, 05 Aug 2002 08:09:47 -0700
The Sacramento Bee reports Oakland Raiders LB Mike Jones (broken finger) returned to the field Sunday mornin for practice. He stayed out of most drills while wearing a cast on the pinkie finger of his right hand that he broke Friday morning.
Sun, 04 Aug 2002 10:09:23 -0700
Updating Saturday story, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Oakland Raiders LB Mike Jones (finger surgery) was back on the field Saturday, but he did not practice. He is expected to practice with his teammates Sunday.
Sat, 03 Aug 2002 12:04:53 -0700
The San Francisco Chronicle reports Oakland Raiders LB Mike Jones (broken finger) had surgery Friday. He fractured the pinkie finger of his right hand. Dr. Warren King inserted two pins to repair the fracture during a surgical procedure performed at Fremont Surgery Center. Jones could be ready to go Saturday.
Sat, 15 Jun 2002 11:47:47 -0700
John Ryan reports for the Mercury News there will be quite a battle in training camp at linebacker for the Oakland Raiders. MLB Greg Biekert will be the starter when the team plays their 4-3 allignment. The outside spots will be a battle amongst Travian Smith, Eric Barton, Bobby Brooks, Bill Romanowski, Mike Jones and Gerald Dixon. The team wants more than last year's 9.5 sacks from their linebackers. "We're a little bit more versatile, and we're applying a little bit more power from that position," Coach Bill Callahan said Friday.
Thu, 13 Jun 2002 10:48:28 -0700
Updating previous reports, the Oakland Tribune reports the Oakland Raiders have officially signed LB Mike Jones.
Mon, 10 Jun 2002 15:16:07 -0700
ESPNís John Clayton reports the Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms with free agent LB Mike Jones (Steelers) on a one-year, $775,000 deal that includes a $25,000 signing bonus.
Thu, 06 Jun 2002 11:32:50 -0700
The Kansas City Star reports the Kansas City Chiefs have ruled out the possibility of bringing in free agent LB Mike Jones (Steelers). Head coach Dick Vermeil said he loves Jones and knows he could contribute to the team, but they just donít have an opportunity for him.
Wed, 05 Jun 2002 21:07:01 -0700
The Journal Sentinel reports agent Harold Lewis said free agent LB Mike Jones (Steelers) would likely sign with the Oakland Raiders.
Mon, 03 Jun 2002 21:14:41 -0700
The Tribune Review reports free agent LB Mike Jones (Steelers) said he would like to play one more season in the NFL before retiring. "We have teams that are interested," said Jones, noting that the Jaguars, Redskins, Raiders and Chiefs telephoned last week when it became apparent the Steelers would release him. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also are said to have an interest in Jones.
Mon, 03 Jun 2002 12:42:09 -0700
Steelers.com reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers have released LB Mike Jones.
Fri, 31 May 2002 21:21:11 -0700
Updating earlier reports, the Post Gazette reports the Pittsburgh Steelers will officially cut LB Mike Jones Monday. Coach Bill Cowher said he informed Jones of his impending release two weeks ago, and the team gave him and his agent permission to talk to other teams in the meantime.
Thu, 30 May 2002 19:01:31 -0700
The Post-Dispatch reports the St. Louis Rams say they will have no interest in LB Mike Jones when he is released later this week by the Pittsburgh Steelers. "He doesn't fit our defense," coach Mike Martz said Thursday. "He doesn't have the type of speed we're looking for."
Wed, 29 May 2002 04:25:52 -0700
The Post-Gazette reports the Pittsburgh Steelers plan to release veteran LB Mike Jones on Friday. The team informed him of their plans two weeks ago and he has not been taking part in the teamís spring workouts.
Sat, 04 May 2002 12:41:40 -0700
The Tribune-Review reports Pittsburgh Steelers LB Mike Jones could be released after June 1 to save some room under the salary cap. Jones has a $750,000 base salary this year.
Sun, 21 Apr 2002 21:16:17 -0700
The Post Gazette reports these weekend's NFL Draft is expected to have an impact on several veteran Pittsburgh Steelers players. S Myron Bell, LB Mike Jones and FB Jon Witman are the three players most impacted. As reported previously, it is expected Witman will no longer be re-signed since the team drafted FB Verron Haynes. Bell also is an unrestricted free agent and won't be re-signed. Jones and his $750,000 salary could be released since the team drafted LB Larry Foote and signed free agent LB James Farrior. The drafting of WR Antwaan Randle El will make it tougher for WR Troy Edwards to make the final roster as well.
Sun, 09 Sep 2001 21:37:39 -0700
The Tribune-Review reports the Pittsburgh Steelers named LB Mike Jones, rookie OL Chukky Okobi, Mathias Nkwenti and Keydrick Vincent, rookie DL Chris Hoke, CB Chad Scott (knee) and FB Dan Kreider (calf) as inactive for Sunday's game.
Tue, 04 Sep 2001 13:49:17 -0700
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports two jobs remain open as the Steelers began practice for their season opener in Jacksonville. Kendrick Clancy and rookie Casey Hampton have been sharing time with the first team at nose tackle and linebackers Earl Holmes and Mike Jones have split time in the dime. Coach Bill Cowher said a decision might not be made on either position until the end of the week.
Tue, 21 Aug 2001 21:06:15 -0700
The Post Gazette reports continued good pre-season play has earned Pittsburgh Steelers rookie LB Kendrell Bell a starting role at inside linebacker ahead of veteran Mike Jones. Bell will start Saturday against Detroit in the team's first pre-season home game. Jones will continue to serve as the No. 1 linebacker in the nickel and dime pass defense packages.
Tue, 14 Aug 2001 23:52:43 -0700
The Tribune-Review reports Pittsburgh Steelers rookie LB Kendrell Bell may be close to taking over from Mike Jones as the starter at right inside linebacker. Coach Bill Cowher said he has not ready to make a decision just yet. "He's developing nicely, he really is," Cowher said. "He's doing some good things, but you have to feel comfortable in there." Jones will start this week's pre-season game, but Bell will also see plenty of action.
Mon, 06 Aug 2001 21:12:35 -0700
The Post-Gazette reports Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher said rookie LB Kendrell Bell, coming off a big game Friday night, is pushing veteran LB Mike Jones for a starting position.
Wed, 25 Jul 2001 21:09:51 -0700
The Post-Gazette reports it appears Pittsburgh Steelers LB Mike Jones is the No. 1 candidate to be the team's starting inside linebacker and Brent Alexander has increased his hold on the starting job at free safety. Jones will also play the position in the dime defense. The starting nose tackle job is still up for grabs between second-year player Kendrick Clancy and rookie Casey Hampton.
Sat, 28 Apr 2001 02:03:10 -0700
As an update to previous reports, the three-year deal LB Mike Jones signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers will pay him base salaries of $500,000 (2001), $750,000 (2002) and $1.25 million (2003).
Fri, 27 Apr 2001 00:31:41 -0700
According to the Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Steelers are switching John Fiala from right inside linebacker to the left side where he will be the No. 1 backup to Earl Holmes. Currently, Mike Jones is expected to start on the right side and he will be backed up by rookie LB Kendrell Bell.
Sat, 21 Apr 2001 00:15:02 -0700
Jim Thomas reports for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the deal LB Mike Jones signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers is believed to be worth $3 million over three-years and includes a signing bonus of $250,000. There are also believed to be incentives in the deal that could push it up to around $4 million.
Fri, 20 Apr 2001 21:48:57 -0700
Len Pasquarelli reports for SportsLine.com, as an update to a previously reported story, the deal LB Mike Jones will sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers is a three-year contract worth $3 million, with a signing bonus of $250,000. He will replace LB Levon Kirkland, who was released earlier this spring, at inside linebacker. The Oakland Raiders also entered the pursuit for Jones over the past few days.
Fri, 20 Apr 2001 18:56:24 -0700
Steelers.com, as an update to several previous stories, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have reached a contract agreement with free agent LB Mike Jones (Rams). Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Fri, 20 Apr 2001 00:29:03 -0700
The Tribune-Review reports agent Harold Lewis, who represents free agent LB Mike Jones (Rams), said Jones and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher speak over the telephone every day. "Michael loves the guy and would love to be a part of the team," Lewis said. He added the two sides are still talking and want to get something done. Lewis also said the Rams and Kansas City Chiefs also are talking about signing Jones.
Thu, 19 Apr 2001 00:24:46 -0700
The Post Gazette reports Harold Lewis, the agent for free agent LB Mike Jones (Rams), said the Steelers would like to complete a deal for his client before the start of the draft Saturday. He said the Steelers are looking at Jones to replace Levon Kirkland at one of the inside positions and not as a situational player. Also, as previously reported, the team likely will match the offer sheet backup RB Chris Fumatu-Ma'afala received from the New England Patriots and keep him. If they keep Fuamatu-Ma'afala, the Steelers would go to camp with six RBs, Fuamatu-Ma'afala, Richard Huntley, Jerome Bettis and Amos Zereoue and FBs Dan Kreider and Jon Witman. One of the backs could be cut, with Huntley the name most frequently mentioned.
Tue, 17 Apr 2001 00:40:24 -0700
The Post Gazette reports Steelers coach Bill Cowher said the team would like to add a fourth QB to its roster. He said it may not be a rookie as the team is open to signing a free agent. The team is expected to wait until Friday's deadline to formally announce their decision on RB Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala's offer sheet, although indications earlier were they would match it. Negotiations with free agent LB Mike Jones (Rams) continue. Team officials are talking to the agents of their starting CBs, Dewayne Washington and Chad Scott, about extending their contracts. Washington's agent Steve Zucker said they are "just talking." Both are eligible for free agency after the 2001 season. Cowher wants WR Plaxico Burress to stop catching and QB Kent Graham to stop throwing. Both are ahead on their rehab schedules so Cowher wants them to slow down some.
Sat, 14 Apr 2001 22:38:16 -0700
According to the Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas, the Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly begun negotiating with free agent LB Mike Jones. He was released by the St. Louis Rams earlier this off-season in a cap savings move.
Thu, 12 Apr 2001 00:19:03 -0700
As a follow up to previously reported stories, the Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas reports the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly remain interested in free agent LB Mike Jones. He was released by the Rams earlier this off-season. Agent Andre Farr said the Kansas City Chiefs are "very interested" in his brother DT D'Marco Farr, a free agent who the Rams also released. Farr is expected to make some other free agent visits after the NFL Draft. WR/KR Tony Horne, who as reported Tuesday night, visited the Chiefs but did not sign an offer sheet. Agent Rocky Arceneaux is not sure if the Chiefs will make an offer. "I think they're waiting to see the reports from the doctor," Arceneaux said. "I know they had his foot checked out. I guess we'll know soon." Kansas City also is looking for depth at WR, and Horne could contend for the Chiefs No. 3 WR job now that Kevin Lockett has signed with Washington.
Fri, 06 Apr 2001 00:08:58 -0700
The Post Gazette reports the Pittsburgh Steelers visited with free agent TE Pete Mitchell (Giants) on Wednesday. As previously reported, free agent LB Mike Jones (Rams) also paid a visit. Director of football operations Kevin Colbert called it a coincidence that Jones visited one day after the Steelers lost LB Levon Kirkland. The team likely will not sign a replacement for Kirkland before the draft, when it will reevaluate their situation at linebacker.
Wed, 04 Apr 2001 23:58:49 -0700
Jim Thomas reports for the Post-Dispatch free agent LB Mike Jones (Rams) will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday. If signed, Jones may be asked to play inside linebacker in the Steelers four-linebacker scheme after having played outside linebacker throughout his 10-year NFL career in a 4-3 defense. His visit to Pittsburgh will be Jones' first visit anywhere. The Steelers are two-for-two on free agent visitors this season.
Sat, 17 Mar 2001 22:10:38 -0800
Jim Thomas reports for the Post Dispatch several members of the St. Louis Rams organization, after reviewing game film of free agent DT Cortez Kennedy, have cooled some in their interest in him. The feeling is his best days may be behind him. It is not clear whether a final decision has been made on whether to proceed with contract talks. The Rams remain interested in free agent LB Darrin Smith (Saints), but at a moderate price. Former Rams LB Mike Jones has attracted some interest on the open market, but nothing firm. Updating an earlier story, the two-year contract LB Don Davis (Buccaneers) signed with the Rams early in free agency is worth $1.185 million with a $75,000 signing bonus.
Fri, 02 Mar 2001 00:51:49 -0800
The Post Dispatch reports the St. Louis Rams have limited interest in re-signing any of their five unrestricted free agents, CB Taje Allen, LB Mike Jones, CB Todd Lyght, LB Lorenzo Styles and WR Chris Thomas, at this time. They may look at Allen, Jones, Styles or Thomas later in the free agency period if they are still available at a cheaper rate. As of early Thursday evening, coach Mike Martz said, the Rams had received no calls from the Chiefs regarding a trade for QB Trent Green. Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil spoke with Rams President Jay Zygmunt this week and said if Green is up for trade, the Chiefs "would be interested." Vermeil has never traded a first round pick so it would be a new experience for him.
Sat, 24 Feb 2001 23:05:07 -0800
Jim Thomas reports for the Post Dispatch the St. Louis Rams have told LB Mike Jones, who they cut last week, to shop the free agent market and then come back to talk contract if no one else signs him. Rams coach Mike Martz said the team would like him back, but at their price. At the moment, Seattle appears to be the team most interested in trading for QB Trent Green. Chicago, with the No. 8 overall pick, showed early interest in Green but that interest is gone now. San Diego has Green's former offensive coordinator Norv Turner on board now and Kansas City could be looking for a QB if they can't hang on to Elvis Grbac. The Chiefs want to install a Rams-style offense under new head coach Dick Vermeil and new offensive coordinator Al Saunders and Green already knows that offense. Both of those teams could enter the Green race at a later time. Martz may have made comments about keeping Green, not to give the impression there is a fire sale for Green.
Wed, 21 Feb 2001 20:21:20 -0800
The Associated Press reports St. Louis Rams LB Mike Jones' agent Harold Lewis said he was expecting his client was not going to be offered a new contract by the team. There are reports Jones could end up with Kansas City, whose coach is now former Rams coach Dick Vermeil. Jones could return to the Rams if things don't work out on the open market. "The door is not closed on St. Louis," Lewis said. "You never say never in this business."
Wed, 21 Feb 2001 01:06:47 -0800
Jim Thomas of the Post Dispatch reports the St. Louis Rams have begun their salary cutting moves by informing starting DTs Ray Agnew and D'Marco Farr on Tuesday that they were being released by the club. The team also told backup OC Steve Everitt he will be cut and they told the agent for free agent LB Mike Jones they will not re-sign his client. The official cuts can't be announced until this Thursday. "Releasing them, obviously, is a very difficult thing to do," coach Mike Martz said. The Rams save nearly $4.8 million in cap money by cutting the three players: $2.1 million by cutting Agnew; about $1.5 million by cutting Farr; and $1.16 million by cutting Everitt.
Sun, 31 Dec 2000 18:59:51 -0800
R.B. Fallstrom reports the St. Louis Rams will look to rebuild their defense in 2001. The key players they will attempt to rebuild around look to be DE Grant Wistrom, LB London Fletcher and CB Dexter McCleon. The rest of the defense may not be safe. Players who could be gone from the defense include LBs Todd Collins and Mike Jones along with CB Todd Lyght. The team is not overly thrilled with the performance of DE Kevin Carter. They could possibly designate him their franchise player, sign him and then trade him. Most starting DTs who have question marks, Ray Agnew (age) and D'Marco Farr (knees), may not be back. The defensive coaching staff could be purged as well.
Sat, 23 Dec 2000 15:25:40 -0800
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports St. Louis Rams LB Mike Jones' time in St. Louis may be running short. His contract expires at the end of the season and Jones hasn't been contacted by the team yet about working out a new deal. RB Marshall Faulk made a rare speach to his team on Friday about this weekend's game. Faulk typically likes to let his play do his talking but with encouragement got up and talked to the team. "Gotta Go To Work" is the Rams slogan going into this weekend's game.