The Miami Dolphins made Byron Jones the top paid corner in the league.
Head coach Brian Flores learned how to assemble a defense under Patriots HC Bill Belichick. In that system, they rely heavily on the secondary; and invest just as heavily. That’s why it came as no surprise that the Dolphins pursued, and ultimately signed, the top cornerback on the market; former Cowboys CB Byron Jones. The Dolphins were willing to make a five-year/$82M investment in Jones because, despite his lack of interceptions, he’s known throughout the league as one of the best “cover corners”.
Why was it a good move?
Byron Jones’ presence allows the team to dedicate more manpower to not only rushing the passer but also to stop the run. When Jones was slowed with a groin injury for most of training camp and early into the season, the Dolphins defense was ordinary. Through the first four games of the season, in which Jones missed two games, the defense allowed nearly 410 yards-per-game (YPG) and 24 PPG. Since his return, the Dolphins have transformed into one of the top defenses in the league; allowing 337 YPG and 16.1 PPG.