Howard Jones, a defensive end who can play linebacker in a 3-4 defense and who spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will make a free-agent visit to the Jets on Friday, an NFL source confirmed.
The visit, reported by ESPN, will be a chance for the Jets to check on his rehabilitation from a torn ACL that limited him to just eight games last season. In 2015, before he got hurt, he showed a lot of promise with five sacks in 12 games, including five starts. He had two sacks that season in his NFL debut.
According to a source familiar with his situation, the 27-year-old Jones got a "great" report from a doctor last week and was told his rehabilitation was ahead of schedule. He expects to be "100 percent" by the time training camp starts in July, the source added.
Jones was an exclusive rights free agent, but he was not tendered by the Bucs, making him unrestricted. He was an undrafted free agent in 2015 out of Division II Shepherd (W.Va.) University.