The Jaguars have re-signed plenty of players from the previous regime that were set to hit free agency this year. This time, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team is re-signing safety Josh Jones to a one-year deal. Schefter states that this report is via Jones’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
UFA safety Josh Jones is signing back with the Jaguars on a one-year deal, per @DrewJRosenhaus.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2021
Jacksonville originally claimed Jones off of waivers from the Dallas Cowboys in Jan. of 2020. Jones would eventually claim the role of the team’s starting strong safety, unseating former third-round selection Ronnie Harrison who was eventually traded to the Cleveland Browns.
During the year, Jones experienced plenty of ups and downs, accounting for 82 tackles (59 solos), one interception and one pass breakup in the 13 games he would start for the team. Jones would be placed on the team’s reserve/injured list for three weeks during the year due to a chest injury.
The Jaguars have made an attempt to upgrade its secondary this offseason. They’ve signed multiple free agents, including cornerback Shaquill Griffin and safety Rayshawn Jenkins, and have re-signed a couple of their own free agents in Tre Herndon and Sidney Jones.
The team is expected to continue bolstering its secondary as the offseason moves on to the 2021 NFL Draft. For now, the team has retained one of its starters from last year, likely for insurance and depth purposes for training camp.
Thus far, the Jaguars have retained seven of its scheduled free agents, including Josh Jones, Herndon, Sidney Jones, tight end James O’Shaughnessy, defensive linemen Dawuane Smoot and Adam Gotsis and offensive lineman Tyler Shatley.