Report: Eagles will be 'all-in' on Byron Jones


The Eagles will reportedly go after one of the top free-agent cornerbacks on the market this offseason in Byron Jones, according to Eagles insider Adam Caplan. 

"They're gonna be the first team up when they're allowed to talk to the agents," Caplan said on the latest episode of his podcast Inside The Birds. "The term is, they'll be all-in, whatever you want to call it."

Caplan mentioned that Jones' price could be something like $17 million per season. 

"When you're having what we call having an A-level free-agent, you might have six to eight teams in," Caplan added. "And then when teams find out what he wants—all you can really do at this point, because you can't talk money and you can't tamper, you can only let agents know, 'Hey when we're allowed to we want to talk to you.' They can figure out who it is. So, make a long story short, I would say that deal when it comes in could hit 17 million a year."

Jones, 27, spent his first five NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys after being the franchise's 27th overall pick in 2015 out of Connecticut. The 2018 Pro Bowl corner and second-team All-Pro member has two intercpetions and three forced fumbles in his career, switching back and forth between safety and corner throughout his time in the NFL. 

After the recent release of LB Nigel Bradham, Eagles GM Howie Roseman has around $45 million in cap space to work with this offseason, according to 94WIP's Eliot Shorr-Parks. Cornerback is certainly one of the team's top positions of need this offseason. 
Caplan discussed this report further on Monday's 94WIP Marks & Reese Show. 

"This is exactly what Jim Schwartz needs"- @caplannfl weighing in on the pursuit of CB Byron Jones #On94WIP--️

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Some fans are skeptical Jones could turn into another Nnamdi Asomugha situation. Caplan disagrees. 

"No it's not. First of all, they signed Nnamdi after the lockout and they wanted him to be a hybrid player," Caplan said. "Well Byron Jones is already a hybrid a player. He's a nickel corner, he played free safety early in his career. He's very durable and he's a high character guy. If they get him, this will be a great signing for them."