New York Jets Preparing To Steal Cowboys Star
The New York Jets are preparing to steal a Dallas Cowboys star as NFL free agency is set to commence.
Heading into the offseason, Dallas brass acknowledged that its two priorities were quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper. If the team were to rank a third priority, however, it would probably be cornerback Byron Jones.
Although Prescott and Cooper will likely be retained by the Cowboys using any means necessary, the same cannot be said for Jones. The team only has so many funds at their disposal, and Jones will command a hefty payday.
Multiple teams have expressed interest in signing Jones – one of which is the Jets.
“Now, with NFL free agency fast approaching, New York is showing interest in two of the top cornerbacks on the market, the Dallas Cowboys’ Byron Jones and the Carolina Panthers’ James Bradberry,” ESPN reported.
“The Jets would have to win a bidding war to land one of them, and I’m not sure general manager Joe Douglas will want to reset the cornerback market, but he will explore it because of the glaring need. It’s a slippery slope. Premier cornerbacks rarely hit the market.”
New York has a long history of paying tons of money for talented quarterbacks. Darrelle Revis got $39 million guaranteed from the organization in 2015 and Trumaine Johnson got $34 million in 2018.
Would Jones ultimately be a better investment than those two guys were? One would hope so.
The 27-year-old is a great athlete with good coverage ability, but he is not exactly someone who is going to tally up the picks for you. Since converting to corner in 2018, he has recorded zero interceptions.
While Jones would undeniably be better than what the Jets currently have, is he worth $16 million per year? That is likely going to be what he will command, what with the Philadelphia Eagles said to be in hot pursuit of him.
It will be interesting to see if the Jets open up their wallets for Jones. It would be a risky move, no doubt. Either the organization would reap a massive reward for the bet, or they would regret it almost immediately. Time will tell which one it will ultimately be.