The first day of legal tampering in NFL free agency came and went and the Las Vegas Raiders made some moves. What’s important though is that they didn’t overspend, in particular on Byron Jones.
Raiders Blog: A Smart Move Not Overpaying CB Byron Jones
Yesterday the Raiders were able to add some reinforcements at linebacker and quarterback, though cornerback still needs to be addressed. It’s entirely possible general manager Mike Mayock will shore up the position via the draft. It’s key to point out he didn’t allocate an insane amount of money to Jones even though many in Raider Nation were clamoring for that signing.
Byron Jonesâ€™ new contract with the Dolphins will be a five-year, $82.5 million deal, including $57 million guaranteed, per source. It includes $40 million in first two years.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
Adam Schefter reported via Twitter that the contract for Jones will include $57 million dollars guaranteed. Not a knock on Jones as a cornerback or as an individual but that money needs to be used more efficiently. Perhaps in adding another linebacker.
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The defensive backfield has a lot of good young talent right now so it would be wise to just keep on building on via the draft. Not to mention there’s a lot of money already tied to LaMarcus Joyner. Meanwhile, the Raiders still need a wide receiver among other holes.
It just wouldn’t have made much sense for the Raiders to make Jones the highest paid cornerback as Miami opted to do. Imagine the team signs Jones and he’s not used adequately in defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s scheme. You’ll have fans saying it was money wasted. The organization dodged a bullet on this one. For now, all Raider Nation can do is continue to be patient and continue to trust Mayock’s vision of a successful Silver and Black team.
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