The NFL has entered the two-week stretch in which organizations can utilize both the franchise and transition tags, but decisions must be made by 4 PM ET on March 1. If the Cardinals make such a call, as expected, the two sides will have until July 15 to reach agreement on a multi-year contract. If terms aren't reached, though, Jones will play under a salary in excess of $15 million next season. No matter what comes to pass, he's slated to form a formidable pass-rushing duo with Markus Golden, who both reached double-digit sacks in 2016.
Regarding Jones' contract status for 2017, coach Bruce Arians said Jones "is not going anywhere" and implied the franchise tag is a possibility if the two sides are unable to agree to an extension, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Jones was traded to Arizona in March of 2016 and instantly provided a pass-rushing force for the Cardinals. He ultimately notched 11 sacks during his first season in the desert and figures to retain IDP relevance for as long as Jones is a member of this talented defensive unit.
Jones was mired in a four-week slump in which he failed to record a sack, but his 1.5 sack effort moved him to 9.5 on the season. Although he's been an inconsistent IDP option, his upside can't be ignored, and he's been a great upside option at the linebacker position this year.
Jones has notched a sack in all but three games this season, and he's been an outstanding IDP option on that production alone. However, he's also added three forced fumbles, giving him excellent weekly upside due to his playmaking ability.
This was Jones' first multi-sack performance of the season, and he's up to seven sacks on the year. His big game ended a drought in which he had just a single sack in his previous four matchups. He has an excellent chance of exceeding the 12.5 sacks he had in 2015, which were the most he's had during his career.
|2012||New England Patriots||14||45||24.0||21||6||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||79||40.0||39||11.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||10||43||30.0||13||6||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2015||New England Patriots||15||44||31.0||13||12.5||1||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2012||New England Patriots||14||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||10||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||New England Patriots||15||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
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|2012||New England Patriots||14||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||1|
|2014||New England Patriots||10||0||0||2||0||1||0||1||0|
|2015||New England Patriots||15||0||0||4||0||0||0||0||0|