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Taiwan Jones, Oakland Raiders strike 3-year extension

The Oakland Raiders are making a long-term commitment to cornerback Taiwan Jones.

The team on Monday signed the fourth-year veteran to a three-year contract extension that will keep Jones on the payroll through the 2017 campaign.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the deal to be worth $4.355 million, netting Jones $5 million over the next four seasons, according to a source who has seen the deal. The extension makes Jones one of the league's highest-paid special teamers.

"I'm glad to be part of it, happy to remain here and there are big things coming that I am happy to be part of it," Jones said Monday. "I feel good about next year."

Jones emerged as an asset on special teams in 2013 after shifting from running back to cornerback last summer. Coach Dennis Allen in August called that transition a "difficult" one, with Jones barely making a whisper in the secondary during the regular season.

In a pressure-filled offseason for general manager Reggie McKenzie, this is hardly a splashy move by the Raiders. The bigger question is how Oakland handles free agents Jared Veldheer, Lamarr Houston and Darren McFadden.

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