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Jon Jansen | Tackle

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (42) / 1/28/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 305
College: Michigan
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 2 (37) / WAS

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Lions informed OL Jon Jansen of his release.
Gosder Cherilus beat out Jansen in preseason, but cutting ties with the reliable veteran is a surprise. Though his base salary was $860,000, Jansen can play both guard and right tackle, and inspires a much better comfort level than Corey Hilliard. It appears Hilliard and Jason Fox made the team. Sat, Sep 4, 2010 09:47:00 AM

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Lions T Jon Jansen might not make the final roster if he fails to win the starting job at right tackle.

Gosder Cherilus currently has a slight edge over Jansen for the starting job, and it's possible the team could choose to save some money and go with Corey Hilliard as the backup if Jansen is unable to make up ground. We'd be surprised if the Lions don't keep the veteran around as insurance.
Thu, Sep 2, 2010 10:02:00 AM

Lions T Jon Jansen received the first-team reps at right tackle over incumbent starter Gosder Cherilus again Monday.

Jansen is a 12-year vet whose game has been in decline, but Cherilus has been a disappointment as a first-round pick. Cherilus' pass protection woes and penalty proneness may force the Lions to go with the lesser talent.
Tue, Aug 10, 2010 10:15:00 AM

Jon Jansen is expected to compete with Gosder Cherilus for the starting right tackle job this summer.

Cherilus has been a bust since being drafted in the first round two years ago, and Jansen is finally healthy after injuries derailed his Redskins career in 2007-08. Now that the Lions have finally upgraded at left guard, the right tackle spot is the biggest question mark on the offensive line.
Mon, Jul 12, 2010 05:47:00 PM

Lions re-signed T/G Jon Jansen to a one-year, $860,000 contract.

Jansen has been a right tackle throughout his career, but showed increased value to the Lions with two decent starts at left guard last season. Ideally, the 34-year-old will only return as a mere swing-type reserve in 2010.
Fri, Mar 5, 2010 01:11:00 PM

Jon Jansen will start at left guard for the Lions on Sunday against the Rams.

It will be the 125th start of Jansen's career, but it will be the first at guard. It's also a chance to see if Jansen, 33, has anything left in the tank after battling injuries over the past four seasons. Daniel Loper and Manny Ramirez had been manning the left guard spot previously.
Sat, Oct 31, 2009 10:55:00 AM

The Lions are considering starting veteran OL Jon Jansen at left guard Sunday.

Daniel Loper and Manny Ramirez have manned the position so far this season and the Lions are averaging 3.7 yards per carry as a team. At 33, it remains to be seen if Jansen is still an effective run blocker.
Wed, Oct 28, 2009 11:19:00 AM

Jon Jansen is open to playing at any position on the offensive line for the Lions this season.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said the team will give him a look at guard, and even center. Jansen seems fine with the uncertaintity of it all. "I want to make myself as marketable as possible," he said Friday. "You've got to play all five spots if you're going to be a backup.
Sat, Jun 27, 2009 10:02:00 AM

Jon Jansen passed his physical with the Lions Monday and formally signed his one-year contract.

The Lions say Jansen will begin working at right tackle, but could eventually kick to guard. Most likely, the ex-Redskin will wind up as a versatile reserve.
Mon, Jun 1, 2009 01:42:00 PM

Lions signed OL Jon Jansen to a one-year, $845,000 contract.

Jansen is 33 and declining, but the Redskins shouldn't have let him get away. He is still an effective run blocker and was only costing them $1.35 million. The Lions got an even better bargain and could use Jansen at right tackle or guard, where his pass protection shortcomings would be less problematic.
Sun, May 31, 2009 04:53:00 PM

Jon Jansen, recently released by the Redskins, has reportedly agreed to terms with the Lions on a one-year contract.

Jansen, 33, will sign for the veteran minimum if he passes a physical on Monday. The former Michigan Wolverine is expected to compete for the starting right tackle job with last year's first-rounder Gosder Cherilus. Both players struggled last season, but the Lions would obviously prefer if Cherilus earned the starting nod.
Fri, May 29, 2009 06:42:00 PM

Redskins released RT Jon Jansen.

After Jansen struggled mightily in pass protection last year, the Redskins were determined to replace him "for good" this offseason. Jansen, 33, was entering his 11th season as a Redskin after the team drafted him in the second round of the 1999 draft. Jeremy Bridges, Stephon Heyer, and project Mike Williams are candidates to take over at right tackle.
Fri, May 29, 2009 01:37:00 PM

Redskins RT Jon Jansen reported to offseason conditioning at 18% body fat, down from the 23% he ended 2008 at, and vows to keep his starting job.

A leaner Jansen could be more effective in pass protection, where he struggled badly last year. The Skins need a defensive end more than a tackle, even though they're hellbent on replacing Jansen. If Jansen keeps it up perhaps an end will be a more realistic pick at No. 13 overall.
Thu, Mar 19, 2009 11:10:00 AM

The Redskins reportedly remain determined to replace RT Jon Jansen "for good."

The Skins deemed Jansen the weak link in their 2008 line and he'll likely return as a backup. We suspect they will draft the best tackle available with the No. 13 overall pick in April. Andre Smith or Michael Oher could be there.
Sun, Mar 1, 2009 06:24:00 PM

Redskins RT Jon Jansen is expected back with the team in 2009, but the Skins are dead-set on replacing him in the lineup.

The Skins will give Michael Oher (Ole Miss) and Jason Smith (Baylor) long looks if they're available at No. 13. Jansen can still run block, so perhaps he'll kick in to guard. But his pass protection skills have eroded due to bad knees.
Wed, Jan 21, 2009 11:06:00 AM

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