According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, The Miami Dolphins and Byron Jones have mutually agreed to a five-year $82.5 million deal, including $57 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.
The agreement includes $40 million in the first two years.
Drafted in 2015 by the Dallas Cowboys, Byron Jones made a switch from safety to cornerback in 2018. Jones ended up making the Pro Bowl following a career-best 15 pass deflections and 76 tackles.
Jones started in 14 of 15 games with Dallas last season, missing the final game of the season due to an ankle injury he suffered in practice.
Despite having just 2 interceptions in his career, Byron Jones offers more than what stereotypical numbers show. Quarterbacks completed just 53% of their passes directed at Jones in 2019, giving up three touchdowns.
Amazing athleticism is an understatement for Jones, who set a world record in the broad jump with 12’3 at the 2015 NFL Draft Combine.
Jones, 27, adds onto Miami’s plentiful list of Day 1 Free Agency additions, taking advantage of their league-high $90 million in cap space.
Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier told reporter Barry Jackson back in October that Miami “would not sit on their money.” In just 1 day in FA, Grier has proven to do just that as he looks to build from a rebuilding season.