Stephen Jones reportedly talked Jerry Jones out of trading up for Paxton Lynch
Dallas Cowboys fans who didn’t want to see their team pay a big price to trade for Paxton Lynch can apparently thank team vice president Stephen Jones for the fact that it didn’t happen.
Peter King of the MMQB detailed Dallas’s draft night, including their attempts to get back into the first round to select Lynch, whom Jerry Jones loved as an heir apparent to Tony Romo. Dallas was attempting to use their second and fourth round selections to move back into the first round, but teams weren’t biting. The Seattle Seahawks were willing to deal, but they wanted the Cowboys’ second and third round choices.
“No way with Seattle,” Stephen Jones reportedly told his father. “Too much. They want our two and three.”
Moments later, Seattle took a better offer from Denver, and Lynch was a Bronco. Dallas ended up selecting Dak Prescott in the fourth round instead.
“I’m not gonna go jump from Dallas’s tallest, so let’s put this in perspective,” Jerry Jones told King. “And I live with second-guessing and disappointments. That’s a part of this business. But if I had to do it all over again? I’d give the three.”
You may remember that Stephen Jones is also the reason Johnny Manziel didn’t become a Dallas Cowboy, with two-time Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin getting the call instead. Jerry may be losing sleep over not getting Lynch, but maybe in this instance – as with the last one – his son knows best.