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Byron Jones has interest from 4 teams early in NFL free agency

Byron Jones, Cowboys

Byron Jones is generating interest from four teams in the early stages of NFL free agency, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN. Anderson names the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Las Vegas Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles as the interested parties.

While free agency doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday, teams can now legally negotiate terms of potential contracts with upcoming free agents.

Jones is widely considered one of the top available cornerbacks on the market.

The 27-year-old has spent the first five years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys and is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played 15 games and registered 46 tackles, a forced fumble and six passes defended.

Jones, 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 16 contests during his rookie season, finishing with 66 tackles and eight passes defended. He put together a couple of more strong campaigns in 2016 and 2017 before enjoying the best season of his NFL tenure thus far in 2018, when he recorded 67 tackles and 14 passes defended en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

Byron Jones has logged just two interceptions over the first five years of his career, but his ability as a cover corner is undeniable and will almost certainly land him a fat contract this offseason.

The Cowboys have long maintained that while they would like to re-sign Jones, they likely won’t have the financial means to do it due to Dak Prescott (whom the club just franchise tagged) and Amari Cooper also being free agents.