CHARLOTTE – Safety Colin Jones has re-signed with the Panthers, agreeing to a two-year contract before the start of unrestricted free agency.
Jones has been a valuable special teams contributor during his five seasons in Carolina. He's also provided depth at safety and has played the "buffalo" nickel when needed.
"I'm super-excited to be staying in Carolina," Jones said. "All the work we've put in the last five seasons, just to be able to continue that is exciting. We really turned the corner as a special teams unit last season and started moving up the rankings.
"If you look at the teams that are consistently deep in the playoffs, and what they typically have in common are top-five, top-10 special teams units."
After playing out his rookie season with the San Francisco 49ers – the team that drafted him in the sixth round from Texas Christian in 2011 – the Panthers acquired Jones in a trade prior to the start of the 2012 season, and he's been with Carolina ever since.
Jones' career totals include 89 games played, 102 tackles (52 on defense and 50 on special teams) four passes defensed, one interception and one sack.
Jones lives in Fort Worth, Texas, in the offseason. Jones' wife, Briana, is due to deliver the couple's first child, a son, around the beginning of June.
"It's very special for me and my wife to be able to come back here with everything we value," Jones said. "Family."
Senior writer Bryan Strickland contributed to this report.