The Las Vegas Raiders secondary needs reinforcements despite some encouraging play in 2019. Should they go after Cowboys potential free agent Byron Jones?
Even though youngsters such as Trayvon Mullen performed consistently well last season, the unit as a whole still lacks talent. The Raiders head into free agency in great financial shape and will likely be buyers. How they chose to spend their money is anyone’s guess but Jones would certainly be worth at least a look and possibly even a contract.
Dallas shot caller Jerry Jones is expected to invest serious cash in Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper in order to lock them up long term. So fortunately for the Raiders, this will leave the services of one of best corners in the market up for grabs.
Would Gruden and Mayock drop big bucks for Jones?
The catch in all this is whether general manager Mike Mayock and head honcho Jon Gruden would allocate money to a cornerback and Jones’ services will not come cheap by any means. The 2018 Pro Bowler’s last contract with the Cowboys totaled four years $8,601,941 dollars with a 2019 salary of $2,150,485.
The defensive back played all over the field for Dallas as a cornerback and free safety and had very impressive numbers while doing so. He started 73 of his 79 games, had 43 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and 347 total tackles.
In 2019, Pro Football Focus gave Jones an impressive 76.1 rating, making him one of the “NFL’s best press-man corners” as Anthony Treash of PFF dubbed him in his latest article. Think about it, Raider Nation: Jones alongside Mullen, Johnathan Abram and Erik Harris; all of them roaming in the back would create a formidable group.
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