Holding Down the Defense
Having a great cornerback is important for every team’s defense. The Dallas Cowboys have that in cornerback Byron Jones. He remains underrated by some people’s view.
Sure, he didn’t have that many tackles this past season or even an interception, but he is still a great defensive back. He only allowed a 53.1 percent completion percentage and 11.6 yards per completion this past season.
It’s an argument to say he played better this season than his Pro Bowl 2018 season. He was targeted 16 fewer times and gave up 2.4 fewer yards per completion. He had 23 fewer tackles, but that is in part due to the fewer targets.
Quarterbacks respect Byron’s game and know what he is capable of. His athleticism lets him run stride for stride with the speedsters and jump in front of the big receivers. It also allows him to play both safety and cornerback.
The flexibility is great to have and is a huge reason why he needs to stay in Dallas. Signing him to a contract around $12 million per season is a great price from the Cowboys’ point of view. Let’s just say he is willing to take less to help the team and gets $11 million
That likely wouldn’t make for a long-term contract though. Something in the range of two to three years at that price would allow Dallas to keep Jones and hopefully have enough room to extend him from there. This would put Dallas’ cap at $24 million.