ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos retained a key reserve on Friday, as they announced linebacker Joe Jones has signed a new one-year deal to stay with the team.
Jones has largely served as an important cog on special teams since he entered the league and joined the Broncos in 2017. Over the past two seasons, he's played in 28 of 32 games, missing just four games in 2019 as he recovered from a triceps injury he suffered during the Broncos' preseason opener.
In 2019, he finished first on the team in special-teams total tackles with eight and second in solo tackles with five. He led the Broncos in special-teams tackles in 2018, as well, with nine solo tackles and 12 total. He also blocked a punt that year.
Also on Friday, the Broncos re-signed nose tackle Joel Heath, whose rights were awarded to the Broncos following the Super Bowl. Heath, a fifth-year player, spent his previous four seasons with the Texans. He played in 32 games and started 16. In that time, he recorded 34 total tackles, three sacks and six quarterback hits.