Miami – The Dolphin cornerback release scheme byron jones on March 15, allowing him to enter free agency, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
Jones would be designated for a cut after June 1, which would save the team $13.6 million in 2023. However, that would represent an estimated $10 million cap hit in 2024.
Jones’ release is a significant step toward creating salary cap space for the team currently over the $17.7 million limit, according to Over the Cap.
The move comes just three years into the five-year, $82.5 million contract Jones signed with Miami in 2020. He missed the entire 2022 season after undergoing Achilles surgery last March. last month, jones tweeted that he “can’t run or jump” due to injuries sustained during his career.
“A lot has changed in 8 years,” he wrote on twitter, “Today I can’t run or jump because of the injuries I got playing this sport. Don’t take the pills they give you. Don’t take the injections they give you. If you absolutely must , then consult an outside doctor to learn the long term implication.
“It was an honor and a privilege to play in the NFL, but it came at a regrettable cost that I did not expect. In my opinion, no amount of professional success or financial gain is worth the avoidable chronic pain and disabilities. Godspeed to draft class 2023.”
A source told ESPN at the time that Jones had no plans to retire, despite the tone of his tweets.
Speaking to local media at the NFL Scouting Combine last week, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier was noncommittal on Jones’ return to the team next season.
unreleased cheater kadar kohou and 2022 free agent signing keon crosson Split snaps at cornerback in place of Jones. former all-pro javian howard, trill williams And Noah Igbinoghen He is also under contract to the Dolphins for next season.
Jones spent the first five seasons of his career dallas cowboys and has four career interceptions.