Well, so much for the Byron Jones market being down to the Philadelphia Eagles and Las Vegas Raiders. The former Dallas Cowboys cornerback is signing with the Miami Dolphins, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Contract details:
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
That’s right, the Eagles lost to the Dolphins for the second time since December started.
Some will be happy that the Eagles didn’t “overpay” for Jones but there was ample reason to believe he would’ve been a strong addition to Philadelphia’s secondary. Too late now.
Making matters worse for the Eagles is that the New York Giants signed former Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry to a big money deal. This means two of the top tier corner options are off the board. You can argue three if you thought highly of Bradley Roby, who re-signed with the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Quite frankly, the remaining cornerback options for the Eagles aren’t as sexy. The Eagles could potentially look to re-sign Jalen Mills, who is also reportedly drawing interest from the Detroit Lions. Are players like Kevin Johnson and Trae Waynes all that appealing? Maybe there’s a trade for Darius Slay or someone else? Take a shot on released players like Desmond Trufant or Prince Amukamara?
The Eagles desperately need to add starting corner talent. Their current players under contract merely include Avonte Maddox, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Craig James, Tremon Smith, and Trevor Williams. Not inspiring.
Howie Roseman has been awfully quiet on the first day of legal tampering. He’s bound to get involved in the action at some point. Until then, we’re left waiting.
UPDATE: The Eagles “were competitive” for Jones.
CB Byron Jones gets 5 year, $82.5 million with $57 million guaranteed, $40 million in first 2 years, with Miami Dolphins, according to @AdamSchefter— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) March 16, 2020
I’m told Eagles were competitive with $. There is no state tax in FL. I’m told Byron wanted $ and fresh start from NFC East pic.twitter.com/kLm8DGerAx