1. Byron Jones, CB
There’s a hope the Cowboys will be able to keep all of their high-profile players this offseason. And that includes Pro Bowl cornerback Byron Jones. The former first rounder turned his career around two years ago after former defensive backs coach Kris Richard shifted Jones from safety to corner.
And over the past two seasons, Jones has proven himself to be one of the best cover cornerbacks in the NFL. The biggest knock on the 27-year old is his lack of takeaways. Jones didn’t record a single interception over the past two years. And he has just two picks in his entire five-year career.
Despite his stone hands, Jones excels in every other area at the position. He has the elite speed to run with the league’s top receivers and the athletic ability to cover the NFL’s elite tight ends. It’s that rare combination that will likely make Jones one of the highest paid cornerbacks in the league this offseason.
But based on recent comments made by Stephen Jones, it’s unlikely Byron Jones gets that payday in Dallas. The Cowboys’ executive vice president referred to the free agent cornerback in the past tense during a presser with the media at the NFL Scouting Combine this week. Here’s what Stephen Jones said according to Jori Epstein of USA Today …
"“He’s had a great run at corner. … that’s the hard thing when you have quite a few good players on your football team: You get challenges. Byron understands that. But at the same time, he’s worried about Byron, as he should be.”"
These comments by Stephen Jones about Byron Jones are a stark contrast to what he is saying about the future of fellow unrestricted free agent, quarterback Dak Prescott. And that likely means No. 31 plays elsewhere in 2020.
That’s our list of five Dallas Cowboys who might have played their final game for America’s Team already. Do we miss someone? Is there a player on this list you believe the Cowboys must re-sign? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.