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Philadelphia Eagles expected to pursue CB Byron Jones in free agency

Byron Jones, Eagles

Byron Jones has spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys, and even though he is set to hit free agency this month, he may be staying in the NFC East.

According to NFL insider Adam Caplan, the Philadelphia Eagles are going to be “the first team up” to give Jones a call when clubs are allowed to begin speaking with free agents.

This does not come as much of a surprise, as the Eagles had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL this past season, and Jones is widely viewed as a strong cover cornerback.

Jones is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played 15 games and registered 46 tackles, a forced fumble and six passes defended.

The 27-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Connecticut, was originally selected by the Cowboys in the first round (27th pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He appeared in every contest during his rookie year, finishing with 66 tackles and eight passes defended. Jones then posted 88 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and seven passes defended in 2016, and after tallying similar numbers the following season, he made the Pro Bowl in 2018 courtesy of totaling 67 tackles and 14 passes defended.

Jones has accumulated just two picks across his NFL tenure, but he has remained one of the top cover corners in football since entering the league.

Dallas has not ruled out re-signing Jones, but because the Cowboys will have to commit a wealth of their cap space to Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, the chances of Jones returning seem slim.