Jones, who naturally plays safety, had six solo tackles in 13 games with the 49ers last season. David Fucillo of Niners Nation passed along the theory that this move could have been made for Darcel McBath or Michael Thomas to make the team as a special teamer. Both McBath and Thomas are still young and could possibly contribute more at safety than Jones would.
Jones was a sixth round pick of the 49ers last season and quickly proved to be a valuable special teams asset with his straight line speed. The 49ers had spoken about possibly turning him into a wide receiver but he's still likely to have the same role with the Panthers that he had with San Francisco last season.