The Dallas Cowboys have locked up their kicking specialists into the next decade. Today they inked punter Chris Jones to a four-year extension that will keep him with the team through the 2021 season. He was scheduled to be a free agent after 2017. The Cowboys previously signed Dan Bailey to a contract that will keep him in Dallas through the 2020 season.
Jones replaced Mat McBriar and has had a successful career in Dallas but has yet to receive any post-season honors like a Pro Bowl berth. He has been a solid punter with excellent skills at pinning the opposition deep.
Jones is entering his sixth NFL season. He’s averaging 45.2 yards per punt; in 2016 he averaged 45.9 yards per punt. He’s also good at pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line. He has the Cowboys’ all-time highest percentage of punts downed inside the 20 with 39.9 percent (113 of 283).
But of course, when you bring up Chris Jones, most Cowboys fans think of only one thing.