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Multiple NFL teams conducted background work on Riders’ Chris Jones

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Chris Jones did not speak directly to any NFL teams, but he knew franchises south of the border were doing background research.

“Nobody’s reached out to me personally. I’ve never had representation and have never been in a position where I felt I needed that type of thing. People would call over the last month and say ‘so and so is asking some pretty candid questions’,” Jones told CKRM’s SportsCage.

“Three or four teams were asking things about me and that’s about the extent of it, quite honestly. We’ll see if anything ever comes of it.”

NFL teams made calls to colleagues Jones has worked with during his time in the CFL.

Jones is 53-37 as a CFL head coach and won the 2015 Grey Cup championship with the Edmonton Eskimos. The last two years Jones has led the Riders to the playoffs. Saskatchewan president Craig Reynolds signed Jones to an extension through the 2020 season, but the deal does contain an out clause to leave for an NFL or NCAA job.

“Again, I got work to do with the Saskatchewan Roughriders,” Jones said.

“We’ve got some unfinished business to attend to and we’ve got a group of very dedicated coaches that are back. We’ve got a group of players that are excited get this thing started.”

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