The New England Patriots made a decision regarding Jonathan Jones and his role on the team.
According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, Jones agreed to a one-year restricted free agent tender, and signed it on the first day of the Patriots’ voluntary offseason program. This deal will give Jones $3.1 million.
“Patriots CB Jonathan Jones signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender this morning, per a source,” Reiss wrote. “Jones signed the tender on the day the team’s voluntary offseason program began.”
The Patriots placed a second-round tender on Jones this offseason. If Jones inked a deal with another NFL team, the club would have to sign the cornerback to a new contract and give up on a second-round pick. This was a rather unlikely scenario for both sides, and there was almost no chance that Jones signs a contract with a different team.
The cornerback first came in Foxboro in 2016 as an undrafted free agent out of Auburn. 2018 was his best season so far as he totaled 56 tackles, three quarterback hits, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions a forced fumble and seven passes defended. During his career, Jones totaled 98 tackles and 2.4 sacks with 16 passes defended, four interceptions and two forced fumbles. In the playoffs, Jones shut down Chiefs star receiver Tyreek Hill in the AFC Championship game.
“I mean, you prepare hard,” the cornerback said. “You’re ready for that. He’s a great athlete, explosive, but I think coach had confidence in me and know that I’m the same athlete, same speed, same type of guy.”
Patriots head coach likes Jones, and praised the player for his efforts on the field.
“Jon’s a really good football player,” the head coach said of Jones in September. “He has a big role for us in our substituted defenses against multiple receivers. He does a great job in the kicking game as well, as he always has. That’s where he kind of made his mark, got started, and that’s led to a lot more opportunities for defensive playtime. He’s taken advantage of those. He’s done a really good job for us.”