Cowboys will let Byron Jones hit free agency

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The Cowboys met with Byron Jones‘ agent Friday, and it ended as expected.

Dallas discovered what it already knew.

The Cowboys won’t be able to afford the cornerback and are expected to let him hit free agency without an offer, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones both conceded earlier in the week that it would be a challenge to keep Byron Jones.

The Cowboys have three of the top 13 free agents in PFT’s top-100 free agents, with Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper the biggest priorities. They have 22 other free agents scheduled to hit the market next month.

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.

9 responses to “Cowboys will let Byron Jones hit free agency

  1. Byron was screwed by a poor coaching staff – wasted three years at safety and a terrible defensive scheme. He’s going to dominate somewhere else…just hope its not for another team in the NFC East.

  2. QBs “didn’t throw his way”? There are D linemen who have more INTs over the last 4 yrs, than this guy. Jones is disposable, and I credit Dallas for actually making a good personnel decision, for once. Only a team that is WAY under the cap will sign this pedestrian player.

  3. pbdisciple says:
    February 29, 2020 at 6:40 am
    $15? Wow. When did he become Revis or Prime Time?

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    Salary cap going up $15 million. I can see it. I hope the teams spend that money on positions other than stroking QB egos.

  4. grant35 says:

    February 29, 2020 at 8:57 am

    QBs “didn’t throw his way”? There are D linemen who have more INTs over the last 4 yrs, than this guy. Jones is disposable, and I credit Dallas for actually making a good personnel decision, for once. Only a team that is WAY under the cap will sign this pedestrian player.

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    Or stop believing that interceptions is the only stat that matters for cornerbacks. Byron Jones last year was targeted 64 times compared to Stephon Gilmore(the defensive player of the year) being targeted 101 times. Byron Jones also finished the season giving up 30 catches which was ranked in the top 5. Not to mention the scheme Rob Marinelli used rely on the corners to play more single coverage while playing press-bail technique, which makes the defensive back play with their backs towards the ball making it harder for interceptions(which is a huge part of the reason why Cowboys cornerbacks has combined for 17 interceptions over the last 4 years).

  5. Good dependable player but he is no difference maker or game changer..

    Any team that signs him for for 15 million a year will be scratching their heads along with their fan base wondering when the ROI kicks in..

    We Dallas fans already know his capabilities and understand completely why we won’t be the one’s paying that amount for his services.

  6. PFF rankings have him at 7th CB in League. He was the 8th ranked CB in passes thrown away from him. He may only have 1 interception in his relatively short career, but overall his athleticism and performance so far will generate significant interest in Free Agency.

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