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Report: Patriots pick up options on Jones, Hightower

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The New England Patriots exercised their fifth-year option on defensive end Chandler Jones on Thursday, according to CBSSports.com.

Jones will be paid $7.8 million in 2016. The amount is guaranteed for injury until next March, when it will become fully guaranteed.

The move means the Patriots have picked up the options on both 2012 first-rounder picks; they reportedly exercised the $7.75 million option for linebacker Dont’a Hightower on Wednesday.

Jones, 25, missed six games last season with a hip injury but recorded 51 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles. He had 11.5 sacks in 2013.


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