TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In terms of landing spots, former Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones couldn’t have wound up with a better NFL team than the New England Patriots.
On Thursday, the Patriots and Jones agreed to terms on his rookie contract. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle provided the contract details.
Jones should contribute immediately on both defense and special teams. He could start at the nickel defensive back spot while also serving as a punt returner on special teams.
This past season, Jones was the Tide’s shutdown cornerback on the outside. He also turned in a breakout campaign as a punt returner, leading the country with four punt return touchdowns. Defensively, Jones finished with 37 tackles, including four tackles for loss. He also had two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and nine pass breakups. Jones was named the defensive MVP of Alabama’s Cotton Bowl semifinal win over Michigan State.