The Jaguars and nose tackle Abry Jones are nearing a deal that would pay the fifth-year player $16 million over four years, Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
The Florida Times-Union first reported that the sides were close to agreeing on a contract.
The 25-year-old Jones took over as the starter for the final nine games of 2016 after Roy Miller suffered a torn Achilles. Jones finished the season with 32 tackles (four for loss) and one batted pass.
Jones signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in April 2013 and played in eight games that season. The following year he appeared in all 16 of the Jaguars’ games, making two starts, and finished with 39 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.