Look: Ernest Jones appears motivated by Rams’ decision not to extend him yet

Having finished his third NFL season in 2023, Ernest Jones is eligible for a contract extension. He doesn’t have to wait for his rookie deal to expire after the 2024 campaign, but it sounds like the Los Angeles Rams won’t be extending him before that time.

Les Snead told reporters this week that the team doesn’t plan to sign Jones to an extension this offseason, instead using its cap space and resources to bring in outside talent as it pushes for a Super Bowl next season. Snead said the Rams remain in contact with Jones’ agent but no extension is expected to come this year.

Jones appeared to respond to that news on social media with a couple of cryptic, yet pointed posts. On Twitter, he posted a single emoji, and on Instagram, he shared a photo of himself with the caption “bet.”

Jones will play out the final year of his contract before either signing an extension with the Rams in 2025 or testing the free-agent market. The Rams could also franchise tag him next year if it comes to it, but they’d rather do a multi-year extension instead of playing a game of tag.

This could work in Jones’ favor if he has a big 2024 season and increases his value, thus leading to a bigger contract next year.

Story originally appeared on Rams Wire