The development was first reported by CBS.
Jones, who met with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, has spent the last four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing in 50 games while compiling six sacks, four forced fumbles, two interceptions and 84 solo tackles. Jones, 27, was drafted 17th overall out of Georgia in 2013 and has started 24 of 32 regular-season games over the last couple of years. In 2016, Pro Football Focus graded him 49th among 109 qualified edge defenders.
The Rams are in need of another starting linebacker now that new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is converting them from a 4-3 to a 3-4. They currently have three, with defensive end Robert Quinn joining Alec Ogletree and Mark Barron. The Rams would probably have to compete with the Steelers and Cardinals for Jones' service, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Another free-agent linebacker, nine-time Pro Bowler DeMarcus Ware, was in L.A. on personal business over the weekend and chatted with Phillips and new head coach Sean McVay, as first reported by ESPN's Field Yates. Ware was already leaning towards retirement, which he announced on Monday, so the two sides never seriously spoke about joining the Rams, a source said.
Free-agent cornerback Kayvon Webster, who, like Ware, played under Phillips' system with the Denver Broncos the last two years, visited with the Rams on Monday and ultimately signed a two-year contract.