Las Vegas Raiders targeting Byron Jones in NFL free agency
The Raiders have plenty of resources to make a splash in free agency before kicking off the 2020 NFL season at Allegiant Stadium. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jones has landed on their radar this offseason.
As a result, the 27-year-old shutdown cornerback is expected to talk to other teams at the opening of free agency. The Raiders, who have holes across the defense and more than $50 million to spend under the salary cap, are expected to be among the teams showing legitimate interest.
The Raiders have put an emphasis on revamping their secondary in recent years. Head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock uncovered a hidden gem in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft with cornerback Trayvon Mullen. They will now have an opportunity to fill the void opposite of Mullen with another former first-rounder over the top.
Jones enjoyed a breakout year during the 2018 campaign after earning Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors and is still in the prime of his career at 27 years old. Bringing in a player of his caliber would undoubtedly provide a major boost to this defense.
Of course, Las Vegas will need to pay a heavy price tag in order to make that happen. Recent reports indicate that Jones is looking for a deal that will pay him more than $15 million per year.