Believe it or not, it’s Year 4 of Sidney Jones’ career with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Well, you can’t discuss contract negotiations without bringing up the man the Eagles drafted in 2017 as part of an experiment that rarely produces long-term results that are positive. The “Birds” who probably needed a cornerback that could start immediately elected to go the route of taking the guy that ruptured his Achilles a little over a month before 2017’s selection meeting.
The plan was Sidney Jones‘ rookie season would serve as a redshirt year. Then he’d get the green light in Year 2 and work his way back into being the guy many NFL teams thought he would be when he began getting first-round grades during his version of the evaluation process.
Prior to 2019, Jones’ most memorable moments in an Eagles jersey consisted of highlights that he was on the wrong side of and a 2018 hamstring injury that forced him to miss three games before he returned to action in Week 11 and reaggravated it.
Last season was his best as he started four of the 12 games he appeared in and snagged the first two interceptions of his career to go along with 23 tackles, but for Jones, the closing stretch of the 2019 campaign gave Eagles fans a glimpse of the man they hoped they were getting much sooner. He ended a New York Giants drive late in a Week 14, and he broke up a pass in Week 16 versus the Dallas Cowboys to end an attempt at a Cowboys rally.
Has he turned the corner, or will those be random highlights of a largely forgettable career? Those are the questions Jones will look to answer in 2020. The Eagles shouldn’t discuss an extension until they have a full slate of games to evaluate.