After swooping up Ereck Flowers and Shaq Lawson in an absolute shopping fest on Day. 1 of free agency, the Miami Dolphins strike again. They have stolen Byron Jones from the rest of the league by inking him to a record-breaking deal. Specifically, the deal will pay the former Cowboys cornerback $82.5 million over five seasons. $40 million will be paid in the first two years, and $57 million is guaranteed in total.
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
Jones has been a dominant force for Dallas over the last few years and will now join fellow Pro Bowl superstar corner Xavier Howard. This will make for a very formidable and potentially dangerous defense on South Beach.
Jones started off as a free safety for the Cowboys up until the 2018 season. Jones eased into that role so well that he earned himself a spot in the 2018 Pro Bowl. In 2019, Jones played 15 games and posted 37 solo tackles with 46 combined tackles. Despite no interceptions, Jones found a way to shadow and shut down opponents.
In his career, he only has two interceptions, but that total should rise in Brian Flores’s system.
Now, Miami will have the two highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL with Jones and Howard.
Miami is slowly checking off the boxes and rapidly escalating their rebuild. Today, they have already addressed their defense with the signing of Lawson and Jones, as well as safety Clayton Fejedelem on a cheap deal.
They have started the process of protecting whoever will throw for them next season with the signing of Ereck Flowers.
This is a great deal for both sides and may just be the biggest deal of the day after the DeAndre Hopkins trade.