2. CB Byron Jones
The NY Giants signing a true #1 cornerback would be sweet enough, but how much sweeter would it be if said player was a former Dallas Cowboy? With how much the Cowboys already have invested in a handful of players, combined with how much they’ll have to pay Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper this offseason, paying Byron Jones a monster contract doesn’t seem to be in the cards.
Jerry Jones is likely going to have to bite the bullet on this one and let one of his best players go. Having as many as seven players on your roster making top-five money at their position isn’t sustainable and the Cowboys’ front office knows this. Enter the NY football Giants, who have a big need for a shutdown cornerback.
Signing Jones would take a load of pressure off of last year’s first-round pick Deandre Baker, who had up-and-down results in his rookie season. Some will point to Jones’ lack of interceptions as a reason to not sign him, but according to Pro Football Focus, Jones was targeted the second-fewest times out of any cornerback in the league.
That’s a solid sign of how much opposing quarterbacks and coaches respect him, as the fifth-year pro has flourished ever since he moved to cornerback full-time in 2018. After an All-Pro 2018 and a solid 2019, Jones has set himself up to potentially reset the cornerback contract market. He’s one of those guys you’ll have to overpay for, but the former raw prospect has gotten better every year and has even more untapped potential.
He should be in play for the NY Giants, and there’s a good chance he stays in the NFC East with the Eagles rumored to make a run at him and the Cowboys looming in the background.
Chance it happens: Moderate
How much could it cost: 5 years/$90M ($18M APY)