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REPORT: Free Agent CB Byron Jones Signing w/ Miami Dolphins

The Dallas Cowboys have lost top Cornerback Byron Jones in free agency as he’s reportedly signing with the Miami Dolphins. This unexpected ending comes after months of hints and clues that Dallas was not going to pursue re-signing Jones this offseason.

Byron’s new deal with Miami is reportedly around $17 million per year, which would make him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.

Jones, a first-round pick in 2015, played out his rookie deal and then the fifth-year team option with the Cowboys. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2018 and was one of the better coverage corners in football, despite his notorious lack of interceptions.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Source: The #Dolphins are getting #Cowboys FA CB Byron Jones. A massive deal for the now highest-paid corner.

Around The NFL on Twitter

Byron Jones will earn at least $17 million per year on new deal with Dolphins (via @RapSheet) https://t.co/WZZwz26a1o

The Cowboys apparently weren’t trying hard to keep Byron, if at all, after comments from the front office. Team executives downplayed Jones’ value to the team and spoke in a very different language regarding his free agency than Dak Prescott’s or Amari Cooper’s.

Dallas is reportedly interested in veteran CB Chris Harris as a replacement for Jones. They currently have just Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis as experienced corner under contract for 2020.

We’ll have to wait and see who else the Cowboys add to player CB this season. For now, we can only confirm that Byron Jones won’t be one of them.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by 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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  1. Looks like Harris may be a good replacement. Four Pro Bowls, 20 INTs, six forced fumbles, four defensive TDs in his nine years with the Broncos. But he should be getting many calls from other teams also.

    Jones has a grand total of 2 INTs in five years. He got stupid money, way OVERPAYED, from the Fins.

    If they don’t pickup a FA CB, the priority in the draft will be CB. Thankfully the CBs draft class is good and pretty deep. I was hoping for a DT in the 1st, but this departure changes things. Hopefully the second best corner, C J Henderson, will be there in the 1st round. Many other good players may be available in the second:, Fulton, Arnette. Gladney.

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