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Report: Cowboys letting Byron Jones hit free agency

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The Dallas Cowboys are expected to let cornerback Byron Jones test the free-agent waters.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the team met with Jones’ representatives to discuss the current state of affairs, which includes the Cowboys’ desire to re-sign quarterback Dak Prescott (via Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com):

On the other side of the ball, Rapoport reported the Cowboys met with Byron Jones’ representation and indicated they are expected to let the cornerback hit free agency.

“This is really not a surprise,” Rapoport said. “The Cowboys like to keep all of their players. They just have a lot of other financial responsibilities here. Dak is one. Amari Cooper is another. Byron Jones is expected to be a highly paid corner and could end up as the highest-paid corner in the NFL when it’s all said and done.”

The Cowboys drafted Jones in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He initially started at the free safety spot, but Dallas moved him to corner prior to the 2018 season.

Jones blossomed at cornerback, reaching the Pro Bowl in 2018 while also ranking as one of the highest-graded corners in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. Opposing quarterbacks were slightly more wary of targeting Jones’ side of the field in 2019.

Despite the fact he is their best corner, Jones might be out of Dallas’ pay grade, especially when accounting for the money they might spend on Prescott and Amari Cooper.

Both Jerry and Stephen Jones hinted it would be “difficult” to bring Jones back, so he will very likely be donning a new uniform next season.