Monday’s roundup: Dolphins sign ex-Lion Jones

Associated Press

Miami — Defensive end Jason Jones signed with the Dolphins, adding depth and flexibility to their front four.

The deal Monday was confirmed by the agent for Jones, Michael McCarthney. Jones is expected to back up another Miami newcomer, Mario Williams, and Cameron Wake, who is coming off Achilles tendon surgery.

Jones, who turns 30 next week, started 31 games the past two seasons for the Lions. He’ll be reunited in Miami with tackle Ndamukong Suh, a former Detroit teammate. Jones also played at Eastern Michigan and Southfield-Lathrup.

He signed with the Lions as a free agent in 2013 after playing for the Titans and Seahawks. He suffered a knee injury and missed all but three games in 2013.

Suh, Williams and Wake are four-time Pro Bowl players. Miami sought upgrades in the line under new coach Adam Gase after tying for 26th in sacks and ranking 28th in run defense last season.

Personnel dept.

Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez will miss the first few days of OTAs next week after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his left, non-throwing hand.

Sanchez injured his left thumb in a weight room mishap on Thursday while participating in team-wide strength and conditioning work.

He underwent surgery Saturday in Vail, Colorado.

... The Titans waived quarterback Zach Mettenberger, making space to sign four players who earned jobs after trying out during rookie minicamp.

Mettenberger, a sixth-round draft pick out of LSU in 2014, is 0-10 in his career as a starter.

... Bills officials say first-round draft pick Shaq Lawson will have surgery on his right shoulder and wide receiver Sammy Watkins had an operation for a small stress fracture in one of his feet.

Watkins is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in July.

Lawson could miss 4-6 months.

... The Panthers cut cornerback Brandon Boykin before the official start of OTAs.

The Panthers had signed Boykin as a free agent earlier this offseason before drafting three cornerbacks.

... Patriots receiver Danny Amendola had surgery on his left knee and a bone spur removed from his ankle, The Boston Herald reported.

... The Jaguars signed fourth-round draft pick Sheldon Day of Notre Dame.

The defensive tackle agreed to a four-year deal worth about $2.95 million. It included a $600,000 signing bonus.

Day became the fifth of Jacksonville’s seven rookies to sign.

... The Seahawks signed linebacker Khairi Fortt after waiving linebacker Christian French.

Extra points

In answering whether the NFL would allow betting in Las Vegas should the Raiders relocate there, the director of the largest sports book operation on the Strip may have created the town’s new catchphrase.

“You come to Vegas, you take Vegas the way Vegas is,” said MGM Resorts’ Jay Rood, who sets the betting lines at some of its best-known properties, including MGM Grand, Mirage, Mandalay Bay and New York/New York.

Raiders owner Mark Davis has expressed interest in the move and would come armed with $500 million for a new $1-billion-plus stadium, with a promised $150 million from Sands Corp.’s Sheldon Adelson. A $750-million tourism tax could be approved by August, setting the stage for January NFL approval.

... Rams quarterback Jared Goff and 40 other rookies are gathering in Los Angeles this weekend to don their uniforms for the first time and pose for their first trading cards as pros.

The NFLPA Rookie Premiere presented by Panini features rookies from 23 of the NFL’s 32 teams including Goff, the first selection in last month’s draft.

The rookies will pose and take action shots for their first NFL trading cards, including digital trading cards released in real-time from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on the Panini Gridiron trading card app.

This marks the first year Panini is the exclusive trading card licensee of the players’ union.

... As he awaits word on Atlanta’s bid to host a Super Bowl, Falcons owner Arthur Blank said construction of the team’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is back on schedule to open in June, 2017.

NFL owners will choose next week between Atlanta and other cities competing to host Super Bowls in 2019, 2020 and 2021 at the owners meetings in Charlotte, N.C.