With free agency just around the corner, a player the Denver Broncos could look at is pending Dallas Cowboys free agent cornerback Byron Jones.
Cornerback Byron Jones could be leaving the Cowboys in free agency this offseason and the Denver Broncos should definitely take a look at him.
We still do not know how the Chris Harris Jr. situation will turn out. Will he end up signing a long-term deal with the team? How much money is the team willing to pay him? The Broncos gave him a pay raise for this season without adding any years to his deal.
So you really have to look at who will replace him. I thought of some players that could take his spot on the roster/depth chart a few weeks ago but for some reason, Byron Jones’ name did not cross my mind.
Well, shame on me. Jones could absolutely be pursued by the Denver Broncos.
Jones was named as NFL Network’s 97th-best overall player heading into the 2019 season. In 2018, Jones allowed just 52.5% of the passes thrown his way. That is a better percentage from his 2019 season (53.1% of passes allowed), but in reality, stats are stats. You really have to watch the film and understand the coverage.
You also have to take into account that Jones was targeted sixteen less times in 2019 than he was in 2018.
Before the 2015 NFL Draft, the Broncos’ Twitter account tweeted about Jones, emphasizing his broad jump during the NFL combine.
That could be nothing but still could be something. Were they interested in him back then? Entirely possible.
Jones recorded 14 pass breakups in 2018 and has a career total of 43 pass breakups in his career, which began in 2015 with the Cowboys.
The Broncos ranked first in the NFL in red zone defense in 2019. Chris Harris Jr.’s departure could be less painful for the team if they are able to snag Byron Jones in free agency.
The Broncos have guys who could and will have to step up if Harris Jr. leaves via free agency. One of those guys is Bryce Callahan, who is entering his second season with the team, while having zero games under his belt.
Making a move for Byron Jones should be a very high priority for the Denver Broncos.