Jones tallied another sack in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers, bringing his season total up to six. Jones had just three solo tackles on the day, but was able to find the quarterback once again. The 27-year-old saw a heavy workload once again, playing 69 of a possible 70 defensive snaps. He figures to continue pressuring quarterbacks as the season progresses.
Jones recorded five tackles and one sack in Sunday's loss to the Eagles. Jones now has five sacks in as many games, and his 21 total tackles are well on pace to surpass last season's numbers. A leader on the Cardinals defense through five games, Jones is playing up to the hype of his five-year, $83 million deal from the offseason.
Jones (chest) was a full practice participant Friday and does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Jones was limited the previous two days but never seemed to be in any real danger of missing Sunday's game. He has four sacks and 13 tackles through three weeks, with at least one sack in each game.
The Cardinals and Jones agreed to a five-year, $83 million contract Thursday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. Jones has become a very rich man in a short span, progressing from the franchise tag on Feb. 27 to a long-term deal by the outset of the new league year. The contract was earned after he guided the Cardinals to an NFL-leading 48 sacks last season, though Calais Campbell's eight have left behind Arizona for Jacksonville in free agency. Still, Jones (11 sacks) and Markus Golden (12.5) form a fearsome pass-rushing duo, and the former will be seeking out the fourth double-digit tally of his career during the 2017 campaign.
The Cardinals and Jones are expected to come to terms on a five-year contract in excess of $16 million per season, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. Despite a change of scenery from New England to Arizona, Jones upheld his end of the bargain in his first season with the Cardinals, helping the defense pace the NFL in the sack department with 48. Working in conjunction with Markus Golden (12.5 sacks) and Calais Campbell (eight), Jones achieved double-digit sacks (11) for the third time in the past four campaigns. After receiving the franchise tag on Feb. 27, Jones was in line for a tender of $14.75 million for the 2017 season, but negotiations on a new contract could still take place until July 15. Instead of months, the parties will require about a week and a half to reach an agreement on a long-term deal, if Wednesday's rumblings are to be believed.
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