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Raiders sign CB Taiwan Jones to three-year, $4.355 million extension

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The Raiders have signed one of their key special teams players to a contract extension.

The team announced Monday it had reached a new three-year contract with reserve cornerback Taiwan Jones, a converted running back who paced the club in special teams tackles (13) in 2013.

Jones’ new deal is for $4.355 million over three years, a league source told PFT’s Mike Florio. All told, he is due $5 million over the next four years, making him one of the NFL’s highest-paid special teams players.

Jones, 25, is now signed through 2017.

“It’s a blessing,” said Jones, who attended high school in Antioch, California, in a team-issued press release. “It’s rare to see and to know that my local team wants me to stay home, and it’s just a blessing. I’m glad to be part of it, happy to remain here and there are big things coming that I am happy to be part of it.”

By extending Jones now, the Raiders would seem to be banking on the 6-foot, 197-pound Jones continuing his improvement as a cornerback while remaining a core special teams performer.

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21 Responses to “Raiders sign CB Taiwan Jones to three-year, $4.355 million extension”
  1. oaklegend says: Feb 24, 2014 2:26 PM

    Little surprised. Hope he pays off as a CB. He also buys the team some depth at RB in a pinch.

  2. hanspard says: Feb 24, 2014 2:30 PM

    The guy is a human “Swiss army knife”. KR, RB, WR, CB, and special teams player. Guy like that makes managing your roster easier.

  3. raiderssf says: Feb 24, 2014 2:30 PM

    Taiwan Jones is one of the good guys on and off the field. I am happy the Raiders re-signed him.

  4. wojo243 says: Feb 24, 2014 2:39 PM

    Watching this kid play is incredible. He single handedly runs down returners and blasts them on punts before they can even set up blockers.

    Played CB all year and then moved to RB as if nothing happened when Dmac and Jennings were injured this year.

  5. cjas9298 says: Feb 24, 2014 2:42 PM

    One of the best ST players in the NFL and a lot of untapped potential.

  6. JSpicoli says: Feb 24, 2014 2:42 PM

    One of, if not the best, gunners in the NFL.

  7. jwisaraider says: Feb 24, 2014 2:43 PM

    Great signing and a Great price…can do a lot of things for us….. now can we get this Veldheer thing done and hope Bridgewater falls to us ?!?!!?

  8. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 24, 2014 2:44 PM

    That’s a lot of money for a special teams guy…
    Can’t really call him a corner, and he sure isn’t a running back. He couldn’t hang on to the ball if it had velcro on it.

    Kind of a funny place to put a chunk of money. I don’t see the value.

    You can get a guy to run down the field and tackle during kickoffs for half that amount.

    Another puzzling move by Reggie. I hope he’s got something better up his sleeve.

  9. danieljameswhite70 says: Feb 24, 2014 3:07 PM

    So it begins..I can see it now in the coming months…Raiders sign Houston, makes him highest paid end in the league, Veldeer, highest paid tackle in the league, Jennings, highest paid back in the league, Porter, highest paid corner in the league, so on and so forth.
    RM and DA will burn thru this $63 million so fast your head will be spinning. Taiwan Jones one of the highest paid special teamers in the NFL? Please man. LMAO and I’m a Raider fan. This is pathetic. $5 Million/4 years for about 13 tackles per year. It just keeps getting worse. Oh yeah, and he has ZERO chance of seeing the field as a corner.

  10. militantgod says: Feb 24, 2014 3:08 PM

    ^^^ I guess you never watched how amazing Jones was as a gunner last year. The Raiders have been terrible in coverage units, over the past few years, and he single handily made them one of the better units. This is chump change for an ace S/T, who has the possibility of developing into a 3rd or 4th CB.

  11. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Feb 24, 2014 3:09 PM

    1.25 mil a year really isnt that bad for this player..not many people should have a problem with this, seeing as how he is very versatile.

  12. calibear831 says: Feb 24, 2014 3:13 PM

    Damn, we (Raiders) only have $60mil left to spend!

  13. hanspard says: Feb 24, 2014 3:16 PM

    People talking about the money need to keep something in mind. 130 mil cap spread over 53 players almost 2.5 mil per player. Paying your special teams ace 1.4 mil isn’t a big deal.

  14. radrntn says: Feb 24, 2014 3:41 PM

    here we go, first to sign, more to follow.

    Go Raiders…Go Reggie!

  15. voice0freasonn says: Feb 24, 2014 4:04 PM

    I guess it says somethin if the player himself says he was “surprised” that the team offered him an extension smh. He does do his job well but its kind of a lot of money for a guy who makes just 13 tackles a year. If he can continue to put in hard work and improve and be able to contribute at corner then this deal will be worth it. I think/hope thats what Reggie is banking on. I’m trusting that Reggie knows what he’s doin as this is our most important off season in the last 15 years. Good luck Reg don’t screw us up for the next 15.

    Go Raiders allday, everyday, anyday

  16. jerrahsucks says: Feb 24, 2014 4:33 PM

    So when did Taiwan Jones get to be 6 ft tall? He was maybe 5-8 when he played at Eastern Washington. Quicker than snot.

  17. slick50ks says: Feb 24, 2014 4:46 PM

    Same old faiders.

    Next thing you know, seabass will be making 10 mil a season.

    Go Reg go!

  18. raider8er says: Feb 24, 2014 5:12 PM

    Hope he develops and remains healthy.

  19. madroaddog says: Feb 24, 2014 7:38 PM

    The Raiders absolutely cannot miss on their draft picks, especially the highest picks, all of their division opponents made the playoffs and the Raiders have the hardest schedule in the NFL 2015. None of the QBs are worth taking in the 1st round as they are to much of a gamble. Bridgewater has small hands and the rest of the QBs are projects. Maybe AJ McCarron in the 2nd, otherwise there is a better QB crop in the 2015 draft

    Clowney and Watkins will not be available so the next best senario is to trade down (not a likely option with the big 3 gone already) so the LB Mack or the best OT available at the #5 spot. Try to focus on building the lines this year and the skill positions next year and beyond.

  20. natelan69 says: Feb 25, 2014 4:08 AM

    Worst team in all of football. That includes Canadian and Eropean clubs. Also includes pop warner. Just the flat out worst team in history.

  21. raiderapologist says: Feb 25, 2014 9:20 PM

    slick50ks says: Feb 24, 2014 4:46 PM

    Same old faiders.

    Next thing you know, seabass will be making 10 mil a season.
    ———–
    Jones had almost as much return yardage as Dwayne Bowe had in receiving last season. Bowe counts 12M against the Choke’s cap next season. But please, keep talking.

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