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49ers re-sign DT D.J. Jones to a one-year deal

San Francisco retains another one of their own

NFL: JAN 03 Seahawks at 49ers Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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.

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.