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

Jerry Jones

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

Jerry Jones

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

Jerry Jones

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

Jerry Jones

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.

Is Jerry Jones hinting at big NFL news with Dak Prescott deal?

Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones’ Dallas Cowboys agreed to a huge contract with Dak Prescott, and the deal may signify some big league news ahead.

The Cowboys and Prescott agreed to a four-year, $160 million deal on Monday. Prescott is guaranteed $126 million as part of the deal. His signing bonus is the highest in NFL history.

Though Prescott is a good quarterback, he is not in the same category as Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, who are other extremely high-paid quarterbacks. So why would the Cowboys give him that kind of money? For one, they didn’t want to lose him. But secondly, ESPN’s Adam Schefter says a league source told him they believe the Dak deal signifies a huge NFL TV contract is coming.

This sounds about right. The NFL reportedly was asking for double in its renewed deal with ABC/ESPN and is said to have received a 30 percent increase. They will likely get a big raise when their deals with CBS, NBC, FOX and DirecTV expire after the 2022 season.

More money on the NFL’s TV deals would translate to a higher salary cap and therefore more money available to pay the players. The expectation of a higher salary cap due to increased TV rights fees is the reason why Prescott had been reluctant to sign a 5-year deal with the Cowboys all along.

Jerry Jones defends Mike McCarthy’s decision to not challenge key catch

Jerry Jones

Mike McCarthy committed a major blunder in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants that may have cost the Dallas Cowboys the game, but his boss was apparently pleased with the decision.

The Cowboys were trailing 20-19 late in the fourth quarter when they came up with a big sack on second down to push the Giants out of field goal range. Daniel Jones then completed a pass to Dante Pettis on 3rd-and-16 to get New York back into field goal range, but replays appeared to show Pettis trapped the ball against the ground. McCarthy chose not to challenge.

During his appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Jones indicated that he would have handled the situation the same way McCarthy did.

“My initial reaction was that it’s difficult to get these things overturned,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “I was concerned about using the timeout as well.”

There’s no way you can argue the risk of losing a timeout outweighed the potential reward. Had the ruling of a completed catch been overturned, the Giants would have been pushed out of field goal range. They then likely would have punted, and the Cowboys would have had the ball trailing 20-19 rather than 24-19. Dallas would have only needed a field goal to win the game, which could have made a huge difference in their approach. Instead, Andy Dalton had to press and ended up throwing an interception in the end zone.

You can see the video of the controversial catch here.

It makes sense that Jones is standing by McCarthy, but there’s no question that was a major mistake. Pettis’ catch was questionable at best, and the play was too important to not throw the red challenge flag.

Jerry Jones enthusiastically throws support behind Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy

The Dallas Cowboys have had one of their worst seasons in recent memory, but team owner Jerry Jones has made it abundantly clear that he does not believe that is a reflection of the job Mike McCarthy has done in his first season.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said Monday that McCarthy will “absolutely” return as the team’s head coach in 2021. Jerry was even more emphatic about it during his appearance on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, calling it “ridiculous” that anyone would think McCarthy is on the hot seat.

There was no scenario in which the Cowboys would have only given McCarthy one year, which is understandable. No NFL coach should be judged based on a single season. The fact that the Cowboys lost Dak Prescott to a season-ending ankle injury this year only makes it tougher to evaluate the job McCarthy has done.

The Cowboys improved to 4-9 with a convincing win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Their defense has been a major issue all season, but the unit has shown some signs of improvement in recent weeks. Their offense was ripping prior to Prescott suffering an incredibly gruesome injury, so that is a positive sign.

McCarthy has acknowledged that the Cowboys need to be better, but there’s no question some of their issues this season were beyond his control. It makes sense that his job is safe.

Jerry Jones reveals biggest regret of Cowboys’ season

Jerry Jones

The 2020 season has been a disaster for the Dallas Cowboys, and owner Jerry Jones points to one significant decision that he probably got wrong.

The Cowboys completely overhauled their defensive scheme prior to the season, moving from a 4-3 defense to a more complex system that involved 3-4 looks under new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. That, Jones says, was probably a mistake.

“I would really make sure that any changes we were making, I would want to make sure that we did it in the same way that we didn’t make changes on offense,” Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “Because we didn’t think that we had the situation or we had the time to make those changes and it really be effective. We’ve obviously done some things. We changed, and we’re having a hard time getting those in place to be a good defense.”

Jones’ son, executive vice president Stephen Jones, concurred that the Cowboys were “probably too aggressive” in the scheme change.

“I think the biggest thing would be just maybe not diving in headfirst in changing, a total change of our scheme,” Stephen Jones said.

It’s easy to look back and say this in hindsight, but it’s clear that the Cowboys went a bit too far in their changes. The results speak for themselves, with the Dallas defense in danger of setting records for futility. That said, nobody threatens a record like that just because of a scheme. This is a talent issue as well, and one that Jones will be tasked with fixing going forward.

Jerry Jones reveals whether he will remain GM of Cowboys

Jerry Jones

The Dallas Cowboys have fallen short of expectations over the past two decades. The type of performance we have seen from them typically results in a general manager losing his job, but the owner of the Cowboys happens to also be the GM. And he’s not going anywhere.

Jerry Jones spoke about the Cowboys’ struggles this season during his appearance on 105.3 The Fan Friday. The 78-year-old acknowledge that the franchise needs to make some changes, but he said him stepping down as GM will not be one of them.

“When you work for yourself, there’s no firing him. You gotta change him. And he’s gotta change the direction he’s going,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “I’ve worked all my life for myself, but I’ve had to change directions many times. So, I will change. I can change.”

Jones specifically said he wishes he had a “do-over” with the team’s defense this season, which has been downright abysmal. He also offered a great quote about wanting to win another Super Bowl.

“Do you have any idea how much I’d write a check for if I knew for sure I could get that Lombardi Trophy? It is the foremost thing,” the billionaire said. “Not money. I had money when I bought the Cowboys. … There has never been but one thing, and that is win.”

The Cowboys appear to have made the right decision for their franchise when they drafted Dak Prescott, though they still have to sign him to a long-term contract. Finding a franchise QB is arguably the most difficult thing to do in the NFL, so they’re in good shape from that standpoint.

As for Jones being the best option at general manager, the jury has been out on that for a while. We know at least one Cowboys legend who questioned whether or not Jones should remain in that role, but the front office structure is not changing anytime soon.

Jerry Jones has laughable take on Broncos’ QB mess

Jerry Jones

The Denver Broncos were forced to start a practice squad wide receiver at quarterback on Sunday after several players were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. It may have been an unprecedented situation, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones feels his team has faced just as much adversity this season.

Jones was asked about the Broncos starting Kendall Hinton at QB during his appearance on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. He said he doesn’t think the situation was any more challenging for Denver than it was for the Cowboys when they had to start Ben DiNucci earlier in the year.

“I don’t know that Denver had any more of a challenge than we’ve had with DiNucci, or with the young QBs we’ve had,” Jones said, per Jon Machota of The Athletic.

Of course, there’s one big difference — the Cowboys drafted DiNucci to play quarterback. He was thrust into a starting role after both Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton went down with injuries but, again, he’s a quarterback. Hinton last played quarterback in college and had been on Denver’s practice squad as a wide receiver.

Jones may not have been very confident in DiNucci’s ability to start as a rookie, as evidenced by some remarks he made last month. That doesn’t mean the Cowboys’ QB situation was anywhere near as complicated as Denver’s.