Byron Jones – CB
For the last few seasons, Xavier Rhodes has been the top cornerback on the Vikings’ depth chart. Well, the time has come for that to end and for Minnesota to send Rhodes packing.
After earning a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2017, the Vikings have seen the performance of their top corner trending in the wrong direction. In his last two seasons, Rhodes only has one interception and in 2019, opposing quarterbacks had a rating of 123.8 when targeting receivers covered by the Minnesota corner.
With a cap hit of $12.9 million for next season, the Vikings need to part ways with Rhodes and look for someone else to be their top corner in 2020.
Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones has the potential to be just that. The free-agent to be is only 27-years-old and in his last two seasons, he hasn’t finished with an allowed completion rate higher than 53.1 percent.
He’s a little smaller than Rhodes at 6-feet, 205 pounds, but Jones has the skills and the quickness to keep up with almost any receiver in the NFL. Just imagine how much he could elevate his game if he were able to learn from a head coach like Mike Zimmer, who has become known for his ability to get the most out of his corners.