Dolphins to launch Byron Jones in cost-cutting transfer

MIAMI — The Dolphins plan to launch cornerback Byron Jones on March 15, permitting him to enter free company, sources advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.

Jones can be designated a post-June 1 reduce, which can save the staff $13.6 million in 2023. He will signify an approximate $10 million cap hit in 2024, nonetheless.

Jones’ launch is a important transfer towards creating wage cap area for a staff at present $17.7 million over the restrict, in accordance with Over the Cap.

The transfer comes simply three years right into a five-year, $82.5 million contract that Jones signed with Miami in 2020. He missed all the 2022 season after present process Achilles surgical procedure final March. Last month, Jones tweeted that he “can’t run or jump” due to the accidents he had sustained throughout his profession.

“Much has changed in 8 years,” he wrote on Twitter. “Today I can’t run or jump because of my injuries sustained playing this game. DO NOT take the pills they give you. DO NOT take the injections they give you. If you absolutely must, consult an outside doctor to learn the long-term implications.

“It was an honor and privilege to play within the NFL but it surely got here at a regrettable price I didn’t foresee. In my opinion, no quantity {of professional} success or monetary achieve is price avoidable persistent ache and disabilities. Godspeed to the draft class of 2023.”

A supply advised ESPN on the time that Jones had no plans to retire regardless of the tone of his tweets.

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Speaking to native media on the NFL scouting mix final week, Dolphins normal supervisor Chris Grier was noncommittal on Jones’ return to the staff subsequent season.

Undrafted rookie Kader Kohou and 2022 free agent signee Keion Crossen break up snaps at cornerback in Jones’ stead. Former All-Pro Xavien Howard, Trill Williams and Noah Igbinoghene are additionally below contract subsequent season for the Dolphins.

Jones spent the primary 5 seasons of his profession with the Dallas Cowboys and has 4 profession interceptions.