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Report: Byron Jones will net record-breaking deal, won’t re-sign with Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys are about to find themselves in the market for at least one starter-caliber cornerback.

Pro Bowler Byron Jones is expected to leave once free agency starts on March 18 with the Philadelphia Eagles being directly linked to the former first-round pick.

Now comes this report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggesting that Jones, 27, will earn $18 million annually on the open market.

It goes without saying that this would be a record-breaking deal. Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins currently holds the record at $15.05 million. Talk about shattering the market.

In addition to Philadelphia, Schefter mentions the New York Giants, New York Jets and Las Vegas Raiders are potential landing spots.

All four teams have obvious needs at cornerback. Though, some are in better positions than others to land a player of Jones’ ilk.

  • New York Giants: $73.3 million cap room
  • New York Jets: $56.1 million in cap room
  • Las Vegas Raiders: $51.6 million in cap room
  • Philadelphia Eagles: $45.6 million in cap room

This will certainly be one of the stories to watch once free agency opens in about two weeks.