It sounds like the Dallas Cowboys will attempt to sign wide receiver Amari Cooper before cornerback Byron Jones, which is a mistake.
We have beaten a dead horse with all of these contract negotiations. We all know if the Dallas Cowboys’ front office wanted to they could sign all three of their top free agents. Quarterback Dak Prescott, wide receiver Amari Cooper, and cornerback Byron Jones all should command top dollar.
I spent the majority of the weekend watching film on certain players as well as the NFL Scouting Combine. Then an idea hit me that sounded a bit crazy at first and just gained momentum in my head.
While watching the combine I noticed that there sure seems to be a lot of talented wide receivers coming out this year. So much that there could be very good value heading into the second round. It seems like every year a team passes on a certain player because that position is deeper than what they chose.
I also noticed that other than Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah, there doesn’t seem to be a corner that could step in and play right away. The next two guys in my evaluations are LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton and the University of Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson.
My second and third-ranked corners are solid prospect but I’m not sure either could step in and fill the void of a Byron Jones departure.
With a surplus of wideouts and only one cornerback that has the makings of an All-Pro, why don’t the Dallas Cowboys try and resign Byron Jones instead of Amari Cooper?
The Cowboys should have one of the top receivers available to select with the 17th pick while there is no chance, barring an off-field issue, that Okudah makes it to17.
Some of the top receivers that could be available are the University of Alabama wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, Oklahoma wideout CeeDee Lamb, and Colorado receiver Laviska Shenault. I really believe two of those names will be there when the Dallas Cowboys make their selection.
This type of move would no doubt get the critics going. Why would the Cowboys give up a first-round pick for only a year and half of service from Cooper? If this is the sole reason why they are letting Jones walk and keep Cooper then I believe their thinking is flawed.
First-round selections don’t always guarantee on the field success. Sometimes the best thing a team can do is cut their loss and move forward. Do I have to insert a Taco Charlton reminder here?
Don’t get me wrong, I would love to keep Cooper also but not at the expense of letting a good really good corner go. Replacing Jones sort of sounds like replacing Dallas Cowboys safety Darren Woodson. We are still searching.
I understand the Cowboys will attempt to sign a cheaper free agent rather than re-sign Jones but I believe it would be better to sign Jones at roughly $15 million a year and let Cooper walk rather than paying him $20 million a year.
I am of the mindset that the Dallas Cowboys will find a way and retain all three of them but if they don’t, replacing Amari Cooper with a draft pick would be more cost-effective than replacing Byron Jones.