The 49ers have re-signed defensive tackle D.J. Jones on a one-year deal. The 2017 sixth-round pick started 14 games this past season and had a career-high in tackles for loss, sacks, hurries, and pressures. When Jones is on the field, the 49ers are a different defense.
Run it back— DJ Jones (@djjones_44) March 17, 2021
I’d love to see the splits for yards gained/EPA against the run with D.J. on and off the field. The term underrated gets thrown around a lot, but it’s fitting when describing Jones and what he means to the 49ers.
Our salary cap guru Jason Hurley said that Jones would be signed to the mid-level exception. That means Jones gets $2.2 million, but he’ll only count for $900,000 against the 49ers cap for this upcoming season. That's a tremendous value for a starter.
San Francisco has their starting defensive line intact now: Arik Armstead - D.J. Jones - Javon Kinlaw - Nick Bosa, with Samson Ebukam as a potential SAM linebacker/rotational pass-rusher in sub-packages.
It would have been difficult to replace what Jones brings as a run defender, so it makes sense that the 49ers re-signed D.J.