Cowboys Signing Star To Record-Setting Contract
The Dallas Cowboys are signing a star to a record-setting contract, it appears.
Cornerback Byron Jones is reportedly on the verge of becoming the highest paid player at his position.
The 27-year-old is one of several free agents that Dallas has to figure out what to do with over the next few weeks.
According to Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic, Dallas and Jones are nearing a deal that will make him the richest paid corner in the league.
Currently Miami Dolphins corner Xavien Howard is the highest-earning corner in the NFL with $15 million annually.
That will soon change.
Dallas has been wrestling with whether to give Jones or Amari Cooper the sort of paydays they are looking for, and it appears they have decided on Jones.
Marcus Peters’ new deal with the Baltimore Ravens pays him about $14 million per year, so that is the floor for Jones.
With that in mind, he will likely command something in the $16 or $17 million range. As a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro player in 2018, his resume speaks for itself.
Sure, Jones took a slight step back in 2019 – but not one that should impact his payday in any significant manner.
Overall he recorded 46 tackles, six pass deflections and one forced fumble this past season.
Unfortunately, he also failed to record an interception for the second consecutive season.
“He’s a starting-caliber NFL corner,” VP of player personnel Will McClay said recently.
“A really good player. We have to figure out his financial value and if it fits for us.”
With all attention currently focused on re-signing quarterback Dak Prescott, Jones has flown under the radar a bit. That said, the Cowboys have $77 million available cap space, so one way or another a deal will get done.