The Eagles announced Friday afternoon the third three-year extension of a special teams player in the past 24 hours. Punter Donnie Jones has been extended through 2019.
Thursday evening, the team announced they had extended safety and special teams expert Chris Maragos for three years. This morning, the team announced long snapper Jon Dorenbos was also extended for three years. And now, the Jones news comes.
Jones, 36, has been one of the best punters in the NFL for years, especially since signing with the Eagles in 2013. Despite entering the league in 2004, some of his best kicking has come in his time with the Eagles. He’s averaged 45.3 yards per punt in his 57 games with the Birds, and has only had three blocked in those games. He also kicked his longest punt in 10 years earlier this season, which is wild.
It seems the Eagles are sending a message and rewarding good play. As per usual, Dave Fipp’s special teams unit has been outstanding this season. The organization is rewarding the players for their work, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if another extension or two (Bryan Braman and Trey Burton?) cropped up in the near future.