The Patriots’ first move of the legal tampering period – the first stage of NFL Free Agency – turned out to be taking care of one of their own players. As first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the team is expected to re-sign cornerback Jonathan Jones.
Jones returns to New England on a two-year deal. The financial side of the contract has not yet been reported. However, NFL Network’s Mike Giardi suggested on Twitter that there was “a fair amount more [money] out there for Jones if he wanted,” suggesting the 29-year-old cornerback is returning on a hometown discount.
UPDATE: Jones deal is worth up to $19 million with $13 million fully guaranteed, per Doug Kyed of AtoZ Sports.