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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Articles tagged: Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones says Jason Garrett is ‘absolutely not’ on the hot seat

Jason Garrett

If Jason Garrett truly was on the hot seat entering Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, that seat must now be scalding. However, the Dallas Cowboys continue to insist publicly that their head coach is not going anywhere.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Monday that he still feels “great” about Garrett and the rest of the coach’s staff. He reiterated once again that the rumors about Garrett potentially losing his job are untrue.

That may be the case at the moment, but things have a way of changing quickly in the NFL. The Cowboys have an important divisional game upcoming against the Philadelphia Eagles next week before their bye, and one team source told Jane Slater of NFL Network that there could be bigger questions to answer if Dallas loses that game.

The Cowboys have now lost three games in a row, but the circumstances have not been easy. They lost road games to the Jets and New Orleans Saints and fell at home last week to the Green Bay Packers, who look like one of the better teams in the NFC. They also entered Sunday’s game without starting offensive linemen Tyron Smith and La’El Collins. Randall Cobb was unable to play and Amari Cooper left early with a quad injury, so some things have been out of Garrett’s control.

All that said, some of the problems have clearly been coaching related. Stephen and Jerry Jones have done everything they can to support Garrett in the media, but you have to wonder if the rumblings we have heard about Jerry eyeing Garrett’s potential replacement are true. A few more losses would probably clarify the situation quite a bit.

Stephen Jones walks back Jerry’s claim that Dak Prescott deal is ‘imminent’

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may have gotten a little ahead of himself when he described a contract extension with Dak Prescott as “imminent.”

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones walked back his father’s words on Monday, saying that while the team was hopeful of getting something done, “imminent” may have been too strong a word.

Prescott, in the final year of his rookie deal, sent extension talk into overdrive Sunday when he torched the New York Giants for 405 yards and four touchdowns. That probably had Jerry Jones in a great mood when he dropped the quote that made the rounds late Sunday. It still appears likely that Prescott and the Cowboys will find an agreement; it just doesn’t seem as close to happening as it sounded Sunday.

Stephen Jones: Nothing imminent in Cowboys’ contract talks

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys have three key players they want to get locked up to new contracts, but the organization itself doesn’t feel they’re close to an agreement with any of them.

According to Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, nothing is “imminent” in contract talks with any players. That would likely refer to wide receiver Amari Cooper, quarterback Dak Prescott, and running back Ezekiel Elliott.

There has not been much recent word on Cooper and Prescott. Both are free agents after the season, though Cooper seems most willing to play out the final year of his deal. Prescott would be a candidate for the franchise tag, as he’s played hardball with the Cowboys. Jones’ quote may be most relevant to Elliott’s situation. Rumors had been building that the star running back, still absent from camp, was moving closer to a new deal with the Cowboys. His actions on Friday, however, indicate that might not be the case.

Cowboys VP hints Ezekiel Elliott’s agent is hurting his interests

Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones is seemingly escalating rhetoric against the agent of holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Jones didn’t name Elliott or agent Rocky Arceneaux in his comments, but suggested that some agents aren’t pursuing the same interests as the players should be.

It’s hard to read this as anything but a thinly-veiled shot at Arceneaux and Elliott given their recent comments. Arceneaux, after all, suggested that recent jokes made by Jerry Jones were disrespectful of his client, and that has clearly angered the Jones family. This holdout doesn’t appear likely to end any time soon.

Stephen Jones wants Dak Prescott to know being a Cowboy has lots of value

Dak Prescott

Stephen Jones, the Dallas Cowboys’ executive vice president, started the public game of negotiating contracts for Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper with comments made after the team’s golf outing on Wednesday. According to Jon Machota, Jones referenced not wanting to “max out” on the contracts for either player, touting the benefits of being able to pay other good players if those upcoming free agents will play nice and take a little less. These comments just so happen to come shortly after a report that Dallas could pay Prescott more than $30 million per year.

Jones is putting this out there to put public pressure on Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, as well as Ezekiel Elliott, to provide team-friendly deals. Prescott and Cooper are both free agents after the 2019 season. The Cowboys already exercised the fifth-year option on Elliott, which would keep him under contract through the 2020 season.

Jones played the “there are lots of benefits to being a Dallas Cowboy” card, trying to publicly put out there that if they take deals that are not what they could get elsewhere, they could still make it up eventually.

“And we all know what happens, you look at the TV booths and look at what these players do off the field,” Jones said. “If we can put Super Bowl rings on these guys, they’ll be legends around this area for many, many, many years to come.”

Basically, Jones is saying that the Cowboys are so popular and make so much money that they shouldn’t have to pay the same deal as other teams, because those players can make money elsewhere. It’s doubtful that will be convincing for Prescott. He has been one of the biggest values at QB in recent years, but has spent three seasons getting paid well below starters on the team and well below what even backup quarterbacks are making around the league. He is likely ready for his time to earn what he is owed.

Stephen Jones says Dez Bryant’s sideline conduct can be a ‘distraction’

The Dallas Cowboys seem to fully recognize that wide receiver Dez Bryant’s intensity can be a double-edged sword.

Appearing Monday on podcast/radio show “Hangin With The Boys,” Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones spoke on Bryant and his sideline conduct.

“It is certainly visible to anyone who watches our games, watches our sideline, is Dez is certainly a fiery guy who plays with a lot of emotion both on and off the field,” said Jones, according to SportsDay’s Kate Hairopoulos. “Sometimes that can be a distraction. It can be a distraction for Dez, it can be a distraction for other teammates. And we just have to really get our hands around when you put all the full body of work together where that’s headed.

“Of course we pay Dez a lot of money, and he knows that. He’s as aware of it as anybody,” Jones added of the three-time Pro Bowler. “He knows when you get paid that kind of money there’s high expectations in terms of the productivity. … Those are all things we have to look at as a team, as an organization when we start to put our team together for next year.”

Bryant’s competitive fire is a big part of what makes him who he is as a player. But coming off a 2017 campaign where he logged just 838 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 16 games, his antics are becoming much harder to stomach.

Jones’ comments in the wake of reported uncertainty about Bryant’s future in Dallas, and they probably provide a window into the factors the Cowboys are considering as they approach the former All-Pro’s situation moving forward.

Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones call for NFL to change marijuana policy

Jerry Jones

One of the most influential families in the NFL is ready to lead the charge with convincing the league to rethink its current marijuana policy.

Earlier this week, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones spoke on behalf of himself and his father Jerry in calling for the NFL to consider changing its stance on marijuana use.

“Well, our system, our testing, has been in place for years and not unlike we do in our organization … we always look to see how we can do it better,” Jones told PFT Live. “I think Jerry’s opinion, my opinion, is this program, this system has been in place for a long time. I think it needs to be heavily scrutinized in terms of its results.”

Those are some pretty strong words from Jones, especially when no other owners have been willing to discuss a desire for change. As David Moore of the Dallas Morning News notes, Jerry Jones is too smart of a business man to attach his name to such a hot-bed issue if he did not receive support from many of his fellow owners.

“I think personally, I know Jerry and I think that it could be done better and we just need to take a look at it,” Stephen Jones added. “Like I said, it’s been the same program that’s been in place for many, many years and I think all things to do with the NFL, we should all want the very best for our players. We should want the very best for our organizations and we should want the very best for our fans, and that’s anything that has to do with the NFL.”

Jones said he doesn’t have the answers for how to tweak the marijuana policy, but he obviously feels it is outdated. A lot of that has to do with the way laws have changed outside of the league.

“At the end of the day our goal should be to help players who have sicknesses and addictions and make them better people off the field, and then how we go about that I think is what needs to be looked at and make sure we’re doing everything the best way we can do it,” Jones said. “Obviously, when you look at something like that you have to look at, ‘How do we do it in society right now? How does that affect the way a player sees his situation in that lens?’ And then make decisions based on that.”

If the marijuana policy was more lenient, you have to wonder if the careers of guys like this star wide receiver would have turned out differently. Roger Goodell recently indicated he wants to continue handing out harsh punishments for weed use, but the comments from the Jones family indicate many of the league’s owners aren’t on board with that.