December 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive back Taiwan Jones (22) runs against Kansas City Chiefs free safety Kendrick Lewis (23) during the third quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Taiwan Jones Inks 3-Year Extension With Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders signed special-teams ace Taiwan Jones to a three-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.

The Bay Area native had one year remaining on his rookie contract and is now signed through 2017. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jones was a fourth-round pick out of Eastern Washington as a running back in 2011. But he emerged as both a solid special teams performer in 2013 and switched to cornerback prior to last season.

Because of injuries, he did spend some time last year back on the offensive side of the ball while registering 32 special teams tackles and two fumble recoveries.

Jones also ran back 26 kickoffs for a 24-yard per return average, had five rushes for 23 yards and caught two passes for 55 yards.

“I was excited when they came to me about the extension,” Jones said. “It is definitely a blessing for a local kid to be part of the Raiders’ turnaround. I’ve been an underdog all my life, so I think it’s very fitting for me to remain here. I’m definitely excited about it.”

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