The Dallas Cowboys have multiple decisions to make this offseason. But one of the toughest will be what to do with Pro Bowl cornerback Byron Jones.
The Dallas Cowboys have a chance to remake their defense this year without losing too much ground in the division. But it depends on their approach with cornerback Byron Jones. It is expected that Dallas will retain quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper. But what will they do with Jones?
Jones suffered from position indecision early in his career by bouncing from safety and cornerback as a rookie. It wasn’t until defensive backs coach Kris Richard came to Dallas in 2018 where he found his true position. Since then, Jones has been graded as one of the best cover corners in the NFL.
That is where the debate begins. Jones first displayed his rare athleticism at the NFL Scouting Combine back in 2015 with his world record-breaking broad jump. But his athleticism has never been the issue. However his ball skills, specifically his lack of interceptions, are one of the biggest failings on an otherwise tremendous resumé.
Since Jones entered the league five seasons ago, he has only recorded two career interceptions. For a guy who will undoubtedly break the bank this offseason, that should give any potential suitors pause including Dallas. Can the Cowboys pay someone who is no doubt a good player $$12 to 15 million annually who doesn’t create turnovers?
Unfortunately, the answer to that question is no. Unless Jones decides to take a hometown discount, the reality is that he will more than likely be gone this offseason.
When asked about Jones, here’s what Cowboys vice president of player personnel Will McClay told the Star-Telegram last week.
"“[Jones] is a starting-caliber NFL corner. He’s a really good player. We have to figure out his financial value and if it fits for us.”"
Most of us can read between the lines and figure out that Dallas would love to keep Jones if it makes sense financially. If not, the team seems ready to move on.
Fans get attached to certain players. If the Dallas Cowboys were to pay Byron Jones $15 million a year, the media, fans, and critics would likely all turn on the talented cornerback. They’d ask why the team would be willing to pay a player that kind of money who doesn’t force turnovers. Although I don’t want it to happen, fans need to brace themselves for his departure.