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Paul Jones is entering his first season as the Roughriders’ assistant general manager.

Jones spent the previous 21 seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, most recently as the executive director of player personnel. Jones is widely known as one of footballs most respected talent evaluators with a keen eye for players suited for the Canadian Football League.

Jones originally entered the CFL in 1988 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers spending time as the director of player personnel and assistant general manager. Jones spent nine years in Winnipeg before spending time with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings as a scouting consultant. He returned to the CFL in 1998, spending one season with the Toronto Argonauts before joining the Eskimos.

Jones has been a part of eight Grey Cup appearances and is a five-time Grey Cup champion, having won titles with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1988 and 1990, and with Edmonton in 2003, 2005 and 2015. He has added 35 playoff games, including nine division finals, through his time with Winnipeg, Toronto and Edmonton.

In 2010 Jones was inducted into the Our Lads’ Scouts Hall of Fame as the 93rd inductee. In 2015, he was inducted into the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame.

Prior to the CFL, Jones was the Recruiting Coordinator with Northwest Mississippi Jr College, with the program winning the National Jr. College Football Championship in 1982.

Born in Elaine, Arkansas Jones now lives in Grand Bay, Alabama. He and his wife, Juanda, have four children: Shaine, Keysha, Terry and Troy, and are the proud grandparents of Donavon Fowler, Kyzer Breece, Wyatt Edsol, Brayleigh Laike, and Kynleigh Paige.