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Even With Byron Jones, Cowboys Have Need at Cornerback

has had a very peculiar career since entering the in 2015. He started out playing everywhere in the backfield, then spent a lot of time playing until the finally gave him a specific position in 2018 at . Since then, Jones has been one of the best defenders in coverage in the league.

Now, Byron Jones is headed toward . Alongside and , Jones is one of the biggest question marks in the Cowboys' .

The needs to make a decision on whether they'll keep him or not. Despite a lack of interceptions, Jones is one of the least thrown to cornerbacks in the NFL as he's targeted only every 10 snaps, tied for second in the NFL.

Jones' future likely depends on how much he asks for. Does he deserve to reset the market on his way to become the highest paid cornerback in the NFL? Probably not. Specially considering the CB market has been still for a few years. If we're talking about less than $15M per year, I'm not sure how the Cowboys let him walk. He's very good.

But here's the thing. It's not only about how good Jones is, but the position the Cowboys would be in if they don't keep him. If he leaves, it'll likely be because of a bidding war in free agency. There's no other reason to let him go. Cornerback would instantly become this team's number one need.

Think about it, cornerback is a team need even if Byron stays. 

and will hit free agency in 2021. Awuzie hasn't been consistent and at times has looked terrible. On the other hand, Lewis has shown promising signs. But after all, has he played enough for the Cowboys to feel confident enough about paying him after his rookie deal is up?

The Cowboys passing ranked 23rd in pass defense according to DVOA. After praising 's work in 2018, the team's secondary was constantly beaten last season. Simply put, the Cowboys need an upgrade at CB.

Letting Byron Jones walk in free agency would put this unit in a terrible position, but even with him on the , this is a position Dallas needs to address even as early as the of the .

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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