The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed a second of their own free agents. Agent Mike McCartney announced on Thursday that Chris Jones has signed a one-year deal with the team. The 49ers have signed 14 external free agents, made one trade, and Jones now joins Jeremy Kerley in returning to the team for 2017. Terms are unknown for the time being.
The 49ers claimed Jones off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on November 8, 2016. They made the move when they placed Arik Armstead on injured reserve with his shoulder injury. Jones was originally a sixth round pick of the Houston Texans in 2013. Most notably, Jones spent three seasons with the New England Patriots, where he appeared in 28 games and made 23 starts. He signed with the Miami Dolphins last year and played in seven games before being waived.
Jones will be competing for a depth role on the 49ers defensive line. He was a solid find as the team was dealing with a variety of injury issues. He made four starts at right defensive tackle, and then two starts at nose tackle to close out the season.