By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
It turns out that Jonathan Jones’ extension with the Patriots includes a restructure of his current contract, which grants a nice raise to the fourth-year pro.
The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin first reported the new details on Jones’ contract, which is technically a four-year deal with the restructuring. Jones gets a pay bump from $3.095 million to $8.8 million in 2019.
In total, the deal is four years and $24 million, including $12 million guaranteed in 2019 and 2020. He also gets an $8.075 million signing bonus up front. Prorated over the four years, the bonus actually lowers Jones’ cap figure for 2019 before jumping over the next three seasons. Volin has the year-by-year cash and cap hits in the second tweet below:
Jones also has $800k in per-game roster bonus from 20-22. His cash by year and cap numbers:— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 12, 2019
2019: $8.8m, $2.75m
2020: $4m, $6.02m
2021: $5.1m, $7.12m
2022: $6.2m, $8.22m
Pretty strong deal for the former UDFA. Patriots see him in their plans for at least 2-3 more years
Jones minted the new contract with an excellent performance in last Sunday night’s 33-3 win over the Steelers in the season opener. He allowed just three catches on nine targets for 19 yards, per Pro Football Focus, and was named to their team of the week for the first slate of games of the season.
The cornerback’s defensive versatility should make him a key piece for years to come. He plays all over the field and showed in Super Bowl LIII (and now the season opener) that he can act as a safety in certain situations. Bill Belichick definitely loves his special teams contributions too.
Jones joined rookie Joejuan Williams as the second cornerback to sign with the Patriots through 2022.
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