The Arizona Cardinals announced Friday that they’ve officially signed OLB Chandler Jones to a five-year extension.
Mr. Jones and me.@chanjones55 agrees to an extension!
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) March 10, 2017
Jason La Canfora reports that the Cardinals have officially signed OLB Chandler Jones to a five-year extension worth $83 million with $53 million guaranteed. Jones will make $16.5 million per year as part of this agreement.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Cardinals are finalizing a five-year contract extension with franchise OLB Chandler Jones.
- Jason Cole mentions that Jones’ new extension is expected to come up just short of the five-year, $85 million contract signed by Giants DE Olivier Vernon last year.
The Cardinals placed their franchise tag on Jones last week in a move that will run them $15.701 million fully guaranteed for the 2017 season.
While it was clear that Jones was going to be franchised, the Cardinals made it clear that they planned to focus on getting a long-term extension in place sooner than later.
Jones, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Patriots back in 2012. He played out his four-year, $8.173 million contract before the Patriots picked up his fifth-year option back in April of 2015.
The Patriots elected to trade Jones to the Cardinals last offseason for G Jonathan Cooper and a 2016 second-round pick.
In 2016, Jones appeared in all 16 games and recorded 49 tackles, 11 sacks, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three pass defenses for the Cardinals. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 7 edge rusher out of 109 qualifying players.