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Steelers exploring pass-rush help, considering Lions DE Jason Jones

The Steelers have expressed interest in Lions defensive end Jason Jones, according to sources. Jones started 15 games for Detroit last season, recording 4.5 sacks.

Jones is a natural edge rusher out of a 4-3 defense, which is intriguing for the Steelers, who on paper run a 3-4 but actually employ more 4-3 looks than you'd think.

Coordinator Keith Butler likes to mix and match, and from what I've gathered, the team is intrigued by the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Jones as a hybrid, able to rush from the outside or slide inside some, if necessary. The only defensive tackles on the roster are Dan McCullers and Caushaud Lyons. They could use some help inside.

The Steelers typically don't spend big on the open market, and they already dropped a $4.75 million signing bonus on tight end Ladarius Green, so stay tuned on this one. Maybe they are intrigued enough to become players here.