Jones, an outside linebacker, is regarded as a probable first-round pick in the NFL Draft. He ran the 40 in an unimpressive 4.92 seconds in less than ideal conditions. Temperatures were in the mid-30s when players were timed on Georgia’s artificial turf practice field.
Linebacker Alec Ogletree, another possible first-round pick, was clocked at 4.63 seconds.
The strong turnout from the NFL included head coaches Mike Smith of Atlanta, Rex Ryan of the Jets and Mike Tomlin of Pittsburgh. Among the assistants attending were defensive coordinators Jack Del Rio of Denver and Rob Ryan of New Orleans and Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, the former Arizona coach who is an Augusta native.
BEARS: Brian Urlacher said Thursday that he doesn’t think Chicago’s front office was being genuine when it said that it wanted him to re-sign with the team.
The Bears announced Wednesday that they were unable to come to a free-agent deal with Urlacher and were moving on without one of the greatest linebackers in franchise history.
Urlacher told Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio that he tried to stay out of the negotiations, “but it was hard for me to stay out of that, because it got a little personal there at the end, just because I think I have so much passion for the team.
“I wanted to be a Bear. I wanted to play here and finish my career here, and I think that’s what kind of made me mad too,” he said.
TITANS: Chris Johnson isn’t happy that he might have to share carries in the Tennessee backfield this season.
The running back told The (Nashville) Tennessean that he was unsure why the Titans signed Shonn Greene in free agency. Johnson said Greene’s three-year, $10 million contract indicates he was signed to do more than just be used in short-yardage situations.
“I have never been a big fan of the two-back system, so I don’t know how we plan on using him,” Johnson told the newspaper.
HILL DIES: In Florence, Ala., Harlon Hill, the former star receiver for the Chicago Bears whose name adorns the NCAA Division II player of the year trophy, has died. He was 80.
Jeff Hodges, chairman of the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, says Hill died Thursday after a lengthy illness.