Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Dolphins are signing Cowboys CB Byron Jones to a record contract for his position. Rapoport hears Jones will make around $17 million or more per year as part of this deal.
Adam Schefter reports that Jones is signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract that includes $57 million with the Dolphins. Jones also gets $40 million paid out in the first two years.
The Dolphins were one of several teams linked to Jones in recent days including the Jets, Eagles, Giants, Redskins and Raiders. However, it appears as though the Dolphins stepped up to close the deal.
It’s interesting that Miami would pay out another record-setting cornerback contract after locking up Xaiven Howard, but they should have an impressive tandem in the years to come.
Jones, 27, is a former first-round pick out of Connecticut by the Cowboys in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played out the final year of his four-year, $8.601 million rookie contract, but the Cowboys elected to pick up his fifth-year option last year which cost them $6,266,000 for 2019.
In 2019, Jones appeared in 15 games and recorded 46 tackles, no interceptions, a forced fumble and six passes defended. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 14 cornerback out of 113 qualifying players.
We had him included in our Top 100 – 2020 Free Agents list.