FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots and fourth-year cornerback Jonathan Jones have reached agreement on a three-year extension worth a base value of $21 million, a league source told on Saturday.

The deal ties Jones, an ascending player who was a significant part of ’ game-plan against Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill in the AFC Championship Game, to the team through the 2022 season.

Jones was set to play the 2019 season under his $3.095 million restricted free-agent tender and become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

The extension, which could be worth up to $25 million if all incentives and bonuses are reached, provides him more immediate financial security. It also represents his first major, multi-year contract after entering the with as an undrafted free agent out of Auburn in 2016.

The slot cornerback market has risen steadily across the , with recent deals for Justin Coleman (Lions) and Tavon Young (Ravens) averaging $9 million per season.

open the 2019 season on Sunday night against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.


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