Chandler Jones was one of seven NFL players to receive the , but he’s not going to be playing on that mere one-year guaranteed deal.
Shortly after news of a deal being finalized was first reported by NFL Network, Jones seem to confirm the news on Twitter.
👀😩😝— ♛Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) March 8, 2017
Jones was set to earn $14.55 million on the tag in 2017, per Spotrac, and recent deals for star pass-rushers have averaged between $15 million to $19 million per year. Jones’ contract falls squarely within that range as well, though he’ll earn a little bit more on the guarantee than expected.
Re-signing Jones was a major priority for the Cardinals this offseason, but they still have several important defensive players hitting free agency. Safety Tony Jefferson is expected to command a significant deal, while star defensive lineman Calais Campbell seems likely to leave the team, given the other financial commitments the Cardinals will have to make.