Byron Jones likely to hit free agency with Cowboys focused on Prescott, Cooper

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The Cowboys have plenty of salary cap room, but most will go to two players. Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper aren’t going to leave the team with much leftover money.

That’s the reality.

“We’re going to have some challenges with our [salary] cap,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “We are. Certainly, it’s Dak and Amari that are going to shrink it in a hurry. We’re going to have challenges, but they’re not challenges that we can’t overcome.”

The Cowboys have 25 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. Cornerback Byron Jones is rated 13th on PFT’s top-100 list of free agents but expected to hit the market.

The Cowboys appear resigned to the fact they won’t be able to keep him.

“Byron is a guy we think a lot of,” Stephen Jones said. “He’s had a great run at corner. He’s played really well, played at a high level. That’s the hard thing when you have quite a few good players on your football team is you get challenges. Byron understands that. But at the same time, he’s worried about Byron, as he should be. Certainly, we’ll visit with his guys while we’re here. Kinda see their direction, what they’re thinking. And we’ll have to keep moving.”

The Cowboys drafted Byron Jones in the first round of 2015, and he spent most of his first three seasons at safety before switching to cornerback full time.

He has two interceptions in 79 career NFL games and none in the past 40 starts, but Jones still is going to get somewhere in the $15 million per year range.

13 responses to “Byron Jones likely to hit free agency with Cowboys focused on Prescott, Cooper

  1. Why do these QBs think they should break the bank just because it’s their time? Is he good, yes, is he worthy of being highest paid QB, no way

  2. The Cowboys will give Cooper $20/year and Dak an anchor-around-their-necks contract worth upwards of $35M/yr. That will leave about $50M for the other fifty guys on the roster.

    Dak is going to get a ton of money but that means they won’t be able to re-sign their outstanding offensive linemen and let’s see how good Dak is when he’s playing behind a bargain-basement OL.

  3. Unfortunate for Dallas, but good news for a couple of teams. My money is on Seattle making a push for him. Detroit and New York should be interested as well. Baker in New York lacks speed (which is a strength for Jones) so he can’t match up with faster receivers and the Giants have seen Jones for a while. Detroit is soon to be rid of Darius Slay, and doesn’t have a starter behind him. Jones played in Kris Richard’s system the last year (or two?) and excelled in it, so if Seattle makes an offer (they should, given their need for another starter and Griffin’s sometimes good sometimes mediocre play) the transition should be natural.

    Would the Eagles make an offer? They should consider it, but how much they change the defense this year from Schwartz’s old scheme (as they’ve indicated they might) will make an impact.

  4. I want cowboys to pay Byron. He is one of the true competitors on the team and has been the most consistent player on the defensive side. I just think his price range will be too high and will get a better offer elsewhere.

  5. They should rewrite the title. They are not focused on Dak, they haven’t talked to his agent since September by their own admission.

  6. Hate to hear that for them as Jones is a solid, even if not great, defensive back. Yes, this is the reality of dealing with the salary cap and needing to marshal resources as effectively as you can around the inevitability of retaining your main core at market-value prices.

  7. This guy is going to get picked up by the Eagles and then absolutely shut down Cooper 2x a year. Bank on it. He’s the best CB who doesn’t intercept anything.

  8. The Cowboys will give Cooper $20/year and Dak an anchor-around-their-necks contract worth upwards of $35M/yr. That will leave about $50M for the other fifty guys on the roster.

    Dak is going to get a ton of money but that means they won’t be able to re-sign their outstanding offensive linemen and let’s see how good Dak is when he’s playing behind a bargain-basement OL.

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    I get they are going to take up a lot of money but does that excuse you from knowing the basics behind your own argument?

    Salary cap hasn’t been 100m for quite some time…

    It’s actually projected to be between 196 and 201m….

    So even if they gave them your hypothetical contracts that would leave them around 150m for everyone else. Probably not good to give two people 25% of your cap but it’s way more manageable than the pretend numbers you threw out. Especially when you add in the fact the salary cap has grown an avg of 10m a year for quite some time now. These contracts become cheaper as the years go on. That is the only reason you see people breaking bank year after year because the players and agents know the salary cap will go up and price their asking price accordingly.

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