Well I didn't think he HAD to release him in the beginning, but for Jones himself it probably would have been better to be released in the beginning of FA, just like the reasoning Ballard gave for releasing DQ early. If he knew he wanted to release Jones I guess he would have done it early. I think probably he had not decided at the time and waited to see if we can improve the D-line or if we will need Jones. And here's where my speculation about Ballard wanting to free up a roster spot and 5M of capspace to pursue another player comes in. Of course, that's just speculation and I'm not sure if that's good reasoning and that's why I asked if I'm missing something and if there might be some specific reason to do it now that's escaping me.