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Did a Cowboys Executive Just Take a Shot at Free Agent CB Byron Jones?

One of the biggest names for the this is . The team's top is set to be an unrestricted in 2020, and yesterday one of Dallas' top men took what could be seen as a critical shot at Jones' value to the Cowboys.

is officially titled as the Vice President of Player Personnel. But from the perspective of many, he is the unofficial of the Dallas Cowboys in tandem with . So when McClay has something to say about a player, it's definitely newsworthy.

Here is what McClay said about Byron Jones:

Interpretation can be dangerous, but that sure sounds like an attempt to downplay Byron's value to the Cowboys and where he stands among NFL corners.

Jones made his first and only in 2018 after converting from to cornerback. The former 2015 first-round pick entered the NFL in a dual role and then played safety full time in 2016 and 2017.

Byron played last year under the 5th-year option from his rookie contract. Now the Cowboys will likely either have to sign him to a long-term deal or use either the franchise or to keep him.

Maybe I'm reading too much into what Will McClay said, but terms like “starting caliber” and “really good” aren't the most glowing language about a player. There certainly wasn't any firm commitment in that statement about keeping Byron Jones with the Cowboys, but rather a hedging comment that they are still deciding if he's a good fit.

Of course, this may just be a way of negotiating through the media. It happens all the time in sports.

McClay and the Cowboys may have every intention of keeping Byron Jones and are just playing the game right now. But if there's any face value to those comments, then perhaps it's an indication that Jones' tenure in Dallas is about to end.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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