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Jones Agrees to Jets Return Deal

March 3, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Marvin Jones agreed to a five-year deal Saturday night to return to the New York Jets.

The free-agent linebacker, a starter for virtually his entire nine-year NFL career, was released Tuesday by the Jets but was able to work out a new deal with the team.

``We did talk to a number of other teams,″ Jones’ agent Drew Rosenhaus said, ``but in the end, Marvin’s heart was with the Jets.″

Financial terms of the deal weren’t released.

The Newark Star-Ledger, which first reported the deal, said the contract was worth $12 million, including a $3 million signing bonus and another $1 million in guaranteed money.

The newspaper reported Jones will receive a $500,000 guaranteed roster bonus in 2003 and 2004. His base salary will be $650,00 in 2002, $1 million in 2003, $1.65 million in 2004, $2.2 million in 2005 and $3.5 million in 2006.

Jones, New York’s first-round pick in the 1993 draft and fourth overall, comes off a strong season. But he would have counted $6 million against the salary cap, and when the team and Jones couldn’t renegotiate his contract, he was released.

In 2001, the 6-foot-2, 244-pound middle linebacker, started all 16 games and had 163 tackles, second on the team, and a career-best three interceptions.

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