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Report: Jets expected to pursue Byron Jones

Byron Jones, Jets

The Dallas Cowboys are expected to let Byron Jones walk in free agency and there are going to be a handful of teams that express interest in him. Among the teams, the New York Jets are expected to pursue Jones when free agency begins.

Besides the Jets, the Las Vegas Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants have all been rumored as teams that could target Jones. As a result, there could be a bidding war that takes place for the talented cornerback.

Of course, adding a name like Jones to their defense would be appreciated by the fans in New York. However, Jones isn’t a cornerback that particularly fits what the Jets like to do on defense under Gregg Williams.

With the Cowboys, Jones was a cornerback that excelled as a man-coverage cornerback. But if he were to sign with the Jets, he could be asked to play a bit more zone coverage than he’s comfortable playing.

Plus, the last time the Jets signed a big name at cornerback in free agency, it didn’t pan out as expected. During the 2018 offseason, New York signed Trumaine Johnson to a five-year, $72.5 million contract. Fast forward to now and the Jets are already considering the option of releasing Johnson.

On the other hand, Jones has been the definition of a shutdown cornerback in the past two seasons. Despite not recording an interception since 2017, Jones has contributed 20 deflections and forces quarterbacks to throw away from him.

At the least, the news of the Jets pursuing Jones goes to show that the organization is focused on drastically improving the roster this offseason. While Jones would be a nice addition by name, it is unclear if he would be an ideal fit for the Jets.