There’s a chance Abry Jones could have gotten more, elsewhere, later.
But the Jaguars gave the former undrafted rookie a nice contract now, so he’s taking it.
The previously reported deal turns out to be a substantial one for the rotiational run-stopper. According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Jones will get a four-year, $16 million deal with $6.5 million guaranteed.
The Jaguars obviously valued the 25-year-old Jones last year when they used the second-round tender to keep him as a restricted free agent. But that’s still a good pop for a guy who wasn’t a starter at the beginning of the season, and who originally came to them on a $2,500 signing bonus.
Of course, the Jaguars may also envision a bigger role for Jones soon. He started last year after veteran nose tackle Roy Miller suffered a torn Achilles.
The 30-year-old Miller’s scheduled to make $3.64 million next season (with a $400,000 roster bonus due in mid-March), so his health status isn’t the only thing the Jaguars will be monitoring.