As free agency draws closer and closer, we are going to start hearing about teams re-signing some of their own guys more frequently. It looks like the Jaguars could be nearing a new deal with defensive tackle Abry Jones, according to Ryan O’Halloran.
Per league source, #Jaguars nearing new contract with impending FA DT Abry Jones.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) February 14, 2017
This makes total sense, and is pretty much a no-brainer move for the Jaguars. After signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Jones flashed as part of a rotation in 2014 and 2015, accumulating 56 tackles, 5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He really made a name for himself this past season, filling in at nose tackle for the injured Roy Miller. There was not really a drop off against the run from Miller to Jones, and Jones also offered more pass rushing skills.
Out of all of the Jaguars pending free agents, Jones seemed to be one of the easiest decisions to make. The numbers on the deal will be interesting to see, but it’s hard to picture it being anything crazy. The bigger question going forward is what this means for the aforementioned Roy Miller. Miller went on injured reserve with a torn achilles, which is a difficult injury to recover from for anyone, let alone a 318 pound nose tackle who turns 30 this July.
UPDATE: Mike Kaye of First Coast News has some reported figures on the deal.