ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed special teams standout Taiwan Jones to a three-year contract extension.
General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the deal Monday to extend Jones' contract through 2017.
Jones was originally selected by Oakland as a running back in the fourth round of the 2011 draft out of Eastern Washington.
Late owner Al Davis was intrigued by Jones' sprinter speed but Jones struggled with injuries and ball security his first two seasons. Jones had 22 carries for 94 yards and four catches for 36 yards and averaged 18.7 yards per kickoff return.
The Raiders moved Jones to cornerback last season but he did not play on defense. Jones made his impact on special teams, where he was credited with 13 solo tackles and two assists.