So, what should the Dallas Cowboys do with Byron Jones? One thing the Cowboys have the option to do is to put the franchise tag on Jones in 2020. Based on this year’s figures, that number would be just over $16M. Factoring in previous trends, it will likely be around $17.3M next year. It’s not an ideal option, given the amount of money we’re discussing but it’s available.
Another option would be to do a long term deal with Jones. Looking at the top ten highest paid corners, they all average between $12-15M per year. Most are getting $25-30M guaranteed and were signed for $60-75M.
Based on those numbers, Dallas would save between $3-5M in 2020 instead of using the tag. Those figures, however, represent a pay increase of 100% for Jones as he is set to make $6.3M this year.
Obviously, all of this depends on the play of Jones in 2019. As odd as it sounds, the Dallas Cowboys hope to be in a difficult position this time next year. It would be best for Jones to replicate his Pro-Bowl season of 2018 while adding some interceptions to his resume.
If he does so, a long-term deal wouldn’t be so hard to justify.
Whatever happens, 2019 proves to be a huge year for Jones. His play this year will significantly affect his financial future. One thing is for sure, the Dallas Cowboys won’t be the only ones seeing how he performs under that level of pressure.