Byron Jones landed a mega contract this offseason from the Miami Dolphins, while the Dallas Cowboys signed other players and gave out a big contract to Amari Cooper. Is Jones bothered by the Cowboys’ not bringing him back? If he is, he seems to understand their decision-making and explained why.
Jones spoke with reporters on Thursday and talked about his departure from Dallas. He said he feels the Cowboys were confident in their other cornerbacks and ability to draft and develop new ones, via The Athletic's Jon Machota:
“One thing that the Dallas Cowboys do a really good job at is drafting good, young players, and they have a whole bunch of good corners on that team — no question about that — and those guys will be just fine without me. But they believe strongly in the way they draft, and they’ve shown over the years they draft some freaking ballers no matter [if it is the] first round, seventh round, guys in between. They draft and develop really good players, so I don’t think the Dak and Amari’s situation had any effect on me. I think it’s their confidence in the people that they have on the roster now and who they’re going to get in the draft hopefully.”
The 27-year-old cornerback played five seasons for the Cowboys after being drafted by them in the first round in 2015. He made the Pro Bowl in 2018 and held up well in coverage last year. His five-year, $82.5 million deal made him the highest-paid corner in the league.
Jones thinks the Dolphins are going in the right direction, and that’s why he signed with them.
Former Cowboys CB Byron Jones on why he signed with the Dolphins: “It was just the prospect of being a part of a team that’s building and going in the right direction. I like the young roster and I like the coach, so for me it was just a good fit.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) March 26, 2020
As for the Cowboys' depth at cornerback, they have Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis and C.J. Goodwin.
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