The New England Patriots have re-signed cornerback Jonathan Jones to a two-year deal worth $20 million. This new deal for the star cornerback includes $13 million in guaranteed money. Earlier this off-season the team declined to franchise tag Jones but was interested in bringing him back to the roster for next season. New England gets the deal done with the star cornerback on the first open day of free agency. While the decision to no franchise tag the cornerback was risky, ultimately it seems that the team had nothing to worry about with their star cornerback.
It’s 2-years, $20M with $13M guaranteed. https://t.co/LCCSWbSOt9
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2023
This past season as a member of the New England Patriots, Jonathan Jones recorded 56 solo tackles, 69 total tackles, three forced fumbles, 11 passes defended, and four interceptions that he returned for 89 yards and one touchdown. His return to the team keeps the New England secondary as a top unit, but there will be one major position to fill. Star veteran safety Devin McCourty retired this offseason and now the team will be tasked with replacing him. With McCourty retired, Jones is now the clear-cut option to replace him as the leader of the secondary and perhaps the entire defensive unit.