Eagles punter Donnie Jones announced his retirement on Tuesday, finishing his career with a Super Bowl victory.
Jones, 37, played 14 seasons. He punted for the Eagles for the last five seasons and retires as the Eagles’ all-time leader in gross punting average (45.37 yards) and net average (40.5 yards). He’s also in the record book for most career punts inside the 20 with 138.
“After 14 seasons in the NFL, I have decided to retire so that I can spend more time with my family,” Jones said in a statement. “I am grateful for all those who have supported me throughout the years. Specifically, I would like to thank Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson and the entire Eagles organization for allowing me to be a part of their family for the past five seasons. I will truly miss my teammates, coaches, friends and the best fans in the NFL. Although I am retiring, I will always be an Eagle and will forever have a special place in my heart for the city of Philadelphia. It is a great honor to be a part of the first Super Bowl championship team in Eagles history and there is no better way to finish my career.”
The Eagles signed Cameron Johnston to a futures contract late in the season. Johnston, 26, was with the Eagles during training camp and the preseason last year after the Eagles signed him from Ohio State. The Eagles could also add another punter, whether a veteran or a rookie, to compete with Johnston.
Jones would have counted $1.875 million against the salary cap this season, so the Eagles will have cap savings going with a younger option.