Jones talks Cowboys moves, why McCarthy pulled out
The NFL’s top brass descended on Palm Beach, Florida for the league’s annual meeting. Here are 10 things we learned in Dallas Cowboys circles this week…
Why Mike McCarthy was not present
One NFC coach after another took to the podium Tuesday morning to answer questions from the media gathered at the Breakers Hotel to cover the NFL’s annual meeting. Shortly after, Mike McCarthy addressed the Dallas-Fort Worth media contingent.
By Zoom. From his office at the Star.
“I apologize for not being here,” the Cowboys coach said. “But things are better served for me to be here.”
McCarthy stayed back to focus on the draft. In a normal class, the club distributes marks to 150 to 160 players which indicate that they deserve to be drafted. Will McClay told Executive Vice President Stephen Jones and McCarthy that the starting point for this draft was 220-225 players.
New OT Rules
The Cowboys have never gone to overtime in their 64-game playoff history. The first time they do it, it won’t end quickly.
NFL owners on Tuesday approved a new rule requiring at least two overtime possessions in any playoff game tied at regulation. The move follows a shootout between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills that ended unceremoniously when the Chiefs won overtime and scored a touchdown.
The reaction of the cowboys
Cowboys executive vice-president Stephen Jones sits on the NFL Competitions Committee, which discusses and makes recommendations to owners on potential playing rule changes. Addressing overtime was by far the most important topic to be discussed. the committee’s light agenda.
“The other team is going to get it,” Jones said. “We assume that if they had just lost the draw, they could win two. It will be a matter of strategy. It will be interesting. I think everyone watched this amazing football game [in Kansas City] … and just shouted that we’re considering a second possession, especially in overtime.
“You look at the data and stats of the team that wins the toss. I forget the period, but the team that wins the toss is 10-2 in the playoffs over the past nine or 10 years.
Jerry Jones speaks
After not hearing from the Cowboys owner at the NFL combine, the media had the opportunity to speak with Jerry Jones in Florida. There was a lot to cover about the Cowboys’ busy offseason, including…
Reaction to Amari Cooper’s Trade
“What we did got better with our money,” said Jerry Jones. “We are better off with our money than we were this time last year. We are better with our money, with our resources. We are in better shape than we were at this time last year. Better.”
Cooper’s trade to the Cleveland Browns and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence’s contract overhaul helped bolster the Cowboys’ books. Those two deals alone created $29 million in salary cap space in 2022.
Whenever he discussed Cooper’s departure on Monday, Jones pointed to the financial benefits. This move only created $6 million in dead money against the cap. His cap would have been $22 million on the list.
“We’ve taken a ton of money from this club that we have now,” Jones said. “You have to weigh that. Amari is a great player – he’s a great player, not a good one. He’s one of the best players. … And we decided that this allowance should be better spent.
Cheerleader voyeurism settlement, other legal issues
Nearly six weeks after the revelation of a long-closed $2.4 million settlement involving the Cowboys’ iconic cheerleaders and one of the club’s most visible executives, Jones has given his most detailed answers to this day about the episode and how it was handled by the club.
The Cowboys owner adopted a different tact when asked about 25-year-old congressional aide Alexandra Davis who claims Jones is his biological father, a lawsuit expected to be heard later this week.
“It’s personal,” Jones said, just hours before asking that Davis’ lawsuit be dismissed. “It’s personal.”
It was the settlement paid to four cheerleaders in May 2016 on charges of voyeurism that dominated the first part of his interview with reporters. Without going into specifics, Jones gave a philosophical framework for what went into the resolution. He said he was proud of the organization’s workplace culture and praised the contributions of Rich Dalrymple, the recently retired vice president of public relations at the Colony Center.
Jones said he considered all internal and external Cowboys constituencies before entering into the nondisclosure agreement. He said it was not “an effort to judge guilt or innocence” or to try to keep someone quiet.
“This settlement was in the best interest of everyone involved, including our fans,” Jones said.
Michael Gallup and Jabril Cox injury update
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on WR Michael Gallup’s timeline of ACL surgery: “Optimally, I expect him to give us a question mark around Game 1. And I see a conversation that says conservatively, you wish you had a few more games to get him out.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 28, 2022
Cowboys executive vice-president Stephen Jones said LB Jabril Cox, a 2021 fourth-round pick, is “doing great” after tearing his ACL on Oct. 31. “I think he is doing very well. That should be a big plus for us this year. Will fill in where Keanu left off. I think he has great covering abilities.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 29, 2022
Year 2 plans for Micah Parsons
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy on LB/DE Micah Parsons: “He’s obviously unique. He is special. Parsons won’t be a full-time DE in 2022. His versatility “is so important to us. … I know as an offensive guy you help me if you line him up at a position every time.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 29, 2022
Dalton Schultz and the franchise label
It’s unclear whether the Cowboys will push hard to secure a multi-year deal for tight end Dalton Schultz by the July 15 deadline. If they don’t, Schultz will play under the $10.9 million franchise tag.
“We have to kind of see where we end up with everything from a big picture perspective,” Stephen Jones said. “But obviously the fact that we franchised Dalton tells you everything you need to know about how we feel about him, so we’ll just see how that progresses.”
Closing the door of Bobby Wagner
Linebacker Bobby Wagner was considered a long shot to sign with the Cowboys in free agency. On Tuesday, Stephen Jones officially closed the door.
A Wagner signing would have reunited him with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. The two overlapped with the Seattle Seahawks early in Wagner’s career.
Finances were an obstacle to his potential signing.
“Obviously Dan has had a history with Bobby and knows him well,” Jones said. “But that was just one of those situations where you were looking into it – he’s a very, very good football player, a Hall of Fame type football player. But it turned out that it didn’t work with us.
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