NFL rumors: Patriots CB Jonathan Jones signs restricted free agent tender


New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones has proven to be one of the team's best under-the-radar pickups in recent years, and he'll be back for the 2019 season after signing his restricted free agent tender.

ESPN's Mike Reiss, citing a source, was the first to report the news Monday.

Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reported Jones will make $3.1 million on his one-year contract in 2019.

The Patriots started their voluntary offseason workouts Monday.

Jones was signed by the Patriots in 2016 as an undrafted free agent. He's played a part in the last two Super Bowl-winning teams for the Patriots, including Super Bowl LIII in February. The 25-year-old cornerback also has played in all 16 games in each of his three seasons with New England, and he set a career high with three interceptions in 2018.

Jones' return strengthens an already excellent Patriots secondary that includes veterans Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, all-pro Stephon Gilmore and others.

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