Byron Jones, one of the top cornerbacks on the open market, reportedly is on his way to the Miami Dolphins.
Jones, who was drafted in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys in 2015, will become the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, as first reported by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
The contract reportedly will be a five-year, $82.5 million deal with $57 million guaranteed, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Byron Jones? new contract with the Dolphins will be a five-year, $82.5 million deal, including $57 million guaranteed, per source. It includes $40 million in first two years.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
The University of Connecticut product will join defensive-minded head coach Brian Flores, the former de-facto defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. The addition will pair Jones with fellow Miami cornerback Xavier Howard, who is the second-highest-paid corner in the NFL.
Jones excelled at corner in his last two seasons, frequently drawing opponents’ top receivers. He’s also shown his versatility, playing a variety of defensive back roles his rookie season before switching to safety for two consecutive seasons.
Jones played in 79 of 80 games during his five years in Dallas. He started 14 or more games each of the last four years including three straight years where he started 16. Despite a modest two interceptions in five years, Jones has 43 passes defensed.