The New England Patriots are notorious for claiming players off of waivers from opposing AFC East teams, and Monday the Miami Dolphins returned the favor by adding yet another cog to their defense, claiming defensive tackle Chris Jones off of waivers from the Patriots.
Jones, 6’-1” and 295 pounds, is a fourth-year player from Bowling Green and was originally drafted in the sixth round by the Houston Texans in 2013. He was waived in the preseason that year, claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and then waived again before the regular season began. He was then claimed by the Patriots, where he started and played well for two seasons before missing 2015 with an injury.
He is in the final year of his rookie deal, a four-year, $2.25 million contract. He reached a performance clause in his contract that boosted his salary by almost $1 million this season, and will come to Miami with a salary cap cost of $1.671 million for the 2016 season.
Jones was placed on the PUP list prior to last season and was never activated during the season as he recovered from surgery on a torn calf muscle suffered in Super Bowl XLIX. However, he played in 28 games in 2013-24, making 23 starts, and totaled 79 tackles and 9 sacks over those two seasons. He’ll join a rotation at defensive tackle for the Dolphins, who have starters Ndamukong Suh and Earl Mitchell, as well as reserves Jordan Phillips and Deandre Coleman.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball.
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