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Jerry Jones has hilarious take on Tom Brady milestone ball negotation

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Tom Brady was fortunate that his 600th career touchdown ball was accidentally handed to a reasonable fan on Sunday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed to get the important piece of memorabilia back, but Jerry Jones says the negotiation might have been a bit tougher if he were involved.

Not knowing that he had just caught the 600th touchdown of Brady’s legendary career, Mike Evans handed the ball to a Bucs fan who was wearing his jersey. The fan, Byron Kennedy, gave the ball back after speaking with a team staffer. During his Tuesday appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jones joked that he would have been much more difficult for the Bucs to deal with.

“I’d be hard to trade with. I’d explain to everybody that that’s like asking for my baby,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “Then I’d tear-up for him a little bit (thinking) about how I’m gonna have that when I’m 90. And then after all that, then I’d take offers.”

Kennedy probably could have held out for more, but the Buccaneers are hooking him up. The team has given him a bunch of memorabilia and a whole lot more in exchange for his cooperation.

There have been estimates that the ball would be worth upwards of $500,000, but Kennedy said he felt Brady deserved to have it. He also made one special request, though it’s unclear if Brady is going to deliver. Jones apparently would have made sure of it.

Jerry Jones critical of special teams blunder that Cowboys coach defended

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The Dallas Cowboys committed a brutal special teams mistake on Sunday that they are fortunate did not cost them a win, and one member of the coaching staff has since defended the decision that led to the blunder. Jerry Jones views the play differently.

The Cowboys had 4th-and-20 on their 46-yard line late in the first half of their game against the Los Angeles Chargers. They should have gotten the ball back with a chance to build on their 14-11 lead, but they instead roughed the punter. On Monday, special teams coach John Fassel said he was giving Cowboys fans what they wanted by trying to block the punt.

“I think Cowboys fans aren’t the play-it-safe type. So I was going to give them what they wanted, come after their a– on the punt rush,” Fassel said, per ESPN’s Todd Archer. “So I hope they’re happy with it. We came after him.”

Fans certainly were not pleased with the result. Neither was Jones, who made it clear on Tuesday that he disagreed with the play call.

The Cowboys won 20-17 on a last-second field goal from Greg Zuerlein, so all is forgiven. They also benefitted from a brutal call that went against the Chargers late in the second half. Had they lost, the roughing the kicker penalty would have been a much bigger topic of conversation.

Jerry Jones goes nuts in luxury box after Greg Zuerlein winning kick

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Greg Zuerlein had a brutal game in his Dallas Cowboys’ Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay, but he made up for it in Week 2.

Greg The Leg made a 56-yard field goal as time expired on Sunday to give the Cowboys a 20-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The CBS cameras immediately flashed to team owner Jerry Jones’ box, where there was a huge celebration.

They had a lot of reasons to celebrate. That’s a big road win, and it makes up for their Week 1 loss.

Zuerlein two field goals and an extra point last week but made up for it this time. The Cowboys also got some help from the refs in the game.

Jerry Jones delivers legendary quote about Randy Gregory’s availability

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Jerry Jones has a way with words, and the Dallas Cowboys owner reminded us of that with a hilarious comment he had about Randy Gregory on Friday.

Gregory was placed on the COVID-19 list earlier this week. It appears unlikely that he will be cleared in time to play in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Jones was asked by a reporter if Gregory still has a chance to play, and the 78-year-old had a hilarious way of expressing doubt.

Translation: Gregory has a minuscule chance of being cleared.

Only Jones would be able to put it so eloquently. Nothing will ever top the way he described his emotions after Tony Romo’s injury years ago, but the latest remark is further proof that he will never run out of Jerry-isms.

Video: Jimmy Johnson zings Jerry Jones after Cowboys Ring of Honor announcement

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Jimmy Johnson zinged Jerry Jones after the Dallas Cowboys owner finally said he would put the team’s former coach into the Ring of Honor.

Johnson’s absence from the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor has been a major ongoing omission given that the 78-year-old rebuilt the Cowboys and won back-to-back Super Bowls with them. He is a big part of the reason why the team became so popular in the 1990s.

But Jones kept him out of the team’s Ring of Honor for several years, accusing Johnson of “disloyalty.” Johnson and Jones parted ways in 1994 after Jerry wanted a greater role in personnel decisions instead of allowing Johnson to continue being in charge.

Johnson went on to the Miami Dolphins a few years later, while Jones hired Barry Switzer as a replacement.

Johnson finally got the call last year that he would be making it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That induction came before recognition from the Cowboys.

But on FOX’s pregame show Thursday for the Hall of Fame Game, Jones finally said Johnson would make it into the team’s Ring of Honor.

Recognizing how long he had waited to be included, Johnson zinged Jones, asking if the honor would take place while he was still alive.

Jones admitted this year that he screwed things up with Johnson. Perhaps that admission was a sign Jones would be ready to induct Johnson into the Ring as he deserves.

Jerry Jones admits he ‘f—ed it up’ with Jimmy Johnson

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After years of acrimony between Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson, the Dallas Cowboys owner seemed to acknowledge Wednesday that it was his fault that things went wrong between the pair.

Jones and Johnson were former Arkansas teammates and longtime friends when Jones lured Johnson away from Miami to coach the Cowboys in 1989. Johnson went on to win the Super Bowl in 1992 and 1993, but left the Cowboys after the second championship in part due to a power struggle over personnel decisions. The two have not been on great terms since, with Johnson a notable omission from the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor despite coaching the team to back-to-back titles.

On Wednesday, Jones called Johnson a “friend” and seemed to acknowledge that it was his fault that the professional relationship turned sour.

“He’s a great coach and I’m proud to have him as a friend, and proud to have the times that we — we just had a great experience,” Jones said of Johnson, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. “I’ve never been able to know why I f–-ed it up.”

Johnson will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, though there are still no plans to induct Johnson into the Ring of Honor. The bad blood still seems to be lingering a bit between the pair, but perhaps these remarks by Jones will be seen as something of an olive branch.

Jerry Jones stripping Cowboys WR of jersey number to give to new draft pick

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to make first-round pick Micah Parsons happy. So much so, in fact, that he’s pretty much yanking a current player’s jersey number for him.

Parsons wore No. 11 as a star linebacker at Penn State, and signaled his desire to wear it again in the NFL after the Cowboys selected him 12th overall on Thursday. The number is already held by wide receiver Cedric Wilson, but it’s not unusual for rookies to negotiate with veterans over jersey numbers.

On Friday, Jones stepped into the matter himself, suggesting that there wouldn’t even need to be a negotiation.

Remember, Jones essentially decided on the jersey number for last year’s first-round pick, too. The guy can be pretty fixated on this stuff.

Parsons might still have to negotiate to wear No. 11, but if Wilson was planning on holding out, Jones kind of tanked his negotiating position. Fortunately, it probably won’t matter all that much.

Jerry Jones addresses report that he is ‘infatuated’ with Kyle Pitts

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The Dallas Cowboys would likely need to move up several spots in the draft if they wanted a shot at landing Kyle Pitts, and there are some who believe Jerry Jones just might do it. If that is Jones’ plan, he is making an effort to downplay it just days before the big event.

A report earlier this month claimed Jones is “infatuated” with Pitts, though the same is probably true of a lot of NFL executives. Jones was asked about that report on Tuesday, and he referred to it as a “distortion.” He praised Pitts but said the Cowboys aren’t going to wager their future to draft the star tight end.

The Cowboys currently have the 10th overall pick. Dallas may have to move up as high as No. 4 if they want Pitts, as that is where the Atlanta Falcons pick and they may not take a quarterback. Pitts is widely considered to be the best non-QB in the draft.

Dallas has more needs on defense than offense, but Jones has said they are not going to pass on the best player available just because of that. We know what can happen when Jones falls in love with a draft prospect, so it would be unwise to entirely rule out a move up the board for the Cowboys.

Jerry Jones is reportedly ‘infatuated’ with this top NFL Draft prospect

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appears to have his eyes on one of the top prospects in the NFL Draft.

In a recent appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up!”, NFL insider Chris Mortensen revealed that Jones has become fixated on Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, arguably the best non-quarterback in the draft.

“We’re hearing this thing about Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys and the GM, being infatuated with Kyle Pitts. So I have figured out that he’s going to have to trade up to get Kyle Pitts. He spent $40 million a year on Dak Prescott, so why not go get Kyle Pitts?”

As Mortensen notes, the Cowboys landing Pitts would require them to trade up. Dallas has the No. 10 pick in the draft, and Pitts could easy go as high as No. 4 to the Atlanta Falcons. There is reason to believe the Cowboys could get that pick if they really want it.

The Cowboys have needs on defense, so Jones would likely be in for some criticism if he parts with some pieces in order to move up for an offensive player. That said, we know what can happen when Jones falls in love with a draft pick. It certainly bears watching at the very least.

Jerry Jones suggests he’s okay overpaying for Dak Prescott

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seems to think he overpaid for Dak Prescott, and he’s okay with that.

Jones suggested at a press conference announcing Prescott’s extension that he had overpaid, and Prescott may have gotten the better of him in negotiations, but added that he wasn’t particularly bothered by it.

This is pretty classic Jones, and kind of a backhanded compliment. Still, it’s quite clear what the owner thinks of Prescott. The Cowboys committed a lot of money to the quarterback despite him coming off a dislocated ankle.

Jones has been steadfastly backing Prescott even since that injury. Prescott knows that. Sure, it’s the kind of thing that’s a bit strange to say out loud, but that’s Jones for you.