Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said no final decisions have been made on the futures of linebackers Keith Brooking and Bradie James.
And then he proceeded to talk about them as if they were already gone, indicating that both veteran leaders are unlikely to be back with the team.
“Bradie and Brooking are two of the best leaders, personalities I have ever had the pleasure of being around,” Jones said via the Dallas Morning News. “They’re great guys. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. That’s what we’ve got to decide. But no one respects those guys more than we do, our family does, than the Cowboys do.”
Sean Lee is entrenched as a starter at inside linebacker. The team would like to get last year’s second round pick Bruce Carter on the field more. If James or Brooking returned to Dallas, it probably would be for a reduced salary later in the offseason because they couldn’t get work elsewhere.