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Jerry Jones comes close to admitting that tampering is rampant in Indy


While hunting-and-pecking an item regarding the suggestion by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that TV cameras could soon capture the individual player interviews at the Scouting Combine, I heard Jones saying something about how he’s impressed when a looming free agent cares enough about his next contract to come to Indy while his agent is negotiating a new deal.  I assumed (ass, you, me) that Jones was talking only about potential Cowboys free agents, because teams can’t talk to agents regarding pending free agents from other teams until the market opens on March 13 at 4:00 p.m.

An eagle-eyed reader clipped the video and sent it in.  Though it doesn’t quite constitute Jones being caught with his hand in the cookie jar, he’s got something far closer to cookie crumbs than St. Elmo’s shrimp cocktail sauce on the corners of his mouth.

“We’re spending a lot of our time here at the Combine talking to the agents of free agents,” Jones told Rich Eisen and Mike Mayock.  “By the way a lot of those NFL free agents are here in Indianapolis.  Why?  They just want to be close and [they’re] that interested.  I kind of like it when I hear that an existing NFL player that’s a free agent is into this thing enough that he’s sitting over there in a hotel room waiting to hear what his agent said when he’s talking to us about possibly . . . uh, what we’re gonna do on his contract.”

If pressed, Jones surely would say he was referring only to the dozen or so Cowboys players who will become unrestricted free agents, absent new contracts.  Indeed, Jones seemed to catch himself after the word “possibly,” adding words that imply negotiations with men currently on the team instead of finishing with something like “possibly joining the Cowboys.”

But anyone who knows what really goes on in Indy knows that teams are talking to agents of players who technically are the property of other teams, and those teams technically should have the exclusive ability to negotiate with the player until March 13 at 4:00 p.m. ET.  Even though everyone does it, it technically remains “cheating” until the NFL changes the rules.

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10 Responses to “Jerry Jones comes close to admitting that tampering is rampant in Indy”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Feb 25, 2012 1:04 PM

    In other shocking news it’s been rumored that some players are taking performance enhancing drugs.

  2. cup0pizza says: Feb 25, 2012 1:05 PM

    Cowboys fan here. Wouldn’t it be great if Jerrah caught some ailment that rendered him permanently unable to speak? That would be great. I’m beyond sick of this snake oil salesman.

  3. mrslay1 says: Feb 25, 2012 2:01 PM

    Then you should cheer for someone else. Like it or not JJ owns the Cowboys. If that is to hard for you, that means HE IS the Cowboys. That same guy who brought us 3 Super bowls. Since he bought the team only the Pats and the Gaints have as many Super Bowls. And unlike some teams he spends every dime he can every year to try to give us the best team possible! He is certainly not alone in not making the Super Bowl every year. But he tries harder than anybody out there!

  4. lombardihero says: Feb 25, 2012 2:38 PM

    They want ratings for the combine I never understood why the NFL would want Owners and Players and Agents to Lie so bad…

    Simple Fix.. hm Move the Combine to a date after free agency starts…

    Lets see start free agency on the 3rd week in Feb and then have the Combine the following week.

    Not only would it make for more interest at the combine but it would eliminate most of all the lies.

  5. deucedavenport says: Feb 25, 2012 2:44 PM

    Jerry the owner is fine. He may be over zealous at times (ok…most of the time), but he’s passionate and willing to spend. He’s not some cheapskate ex Hollywood producer who’s number 1 priority is to turn a buck, not win a title. Its Jerry the GM that is the problem. From ridiculous contracts…RW, Sensabaugh, Barber, etc to mind numbing draft strategies (2009), its clear he’s in over his head. He truly believes this team is that close to a championship. Time to make a change…bring in a true football mind to make the football decisions. Just keep pouring your money into the product and let qualified football people handle the personnel.

  6. cowboyfan45 says: Feb 25, 2012 3:37 PM

    Jerry Jones = Fool!

    worst GM in the National Football league

  7. rajbais says: Feb 25, 2012 11:14 PM

    And the Cowboys have lower Super Bowl chances … why????

  8. dd393 says: Feb 26, 2012 9:53 AM

    Jerry Jones continually cracks me up. When Wrecks Ryan gets fired in New York, please, God, let Jerry hire him in Dallas.

  9. gavriloprincip33 says: Feb 27, 2012 10:45 AM

    mrslay1 says:
    Feb 25, 2012 2:01 PM
    Then you should cheer for someone else. Like it or not JJ owns the Cowboys. If that is to hard for you, that means HE IS the Cowboys. That same guy who brought us 3 Super bowls.


    I have two words for you – “Jimmy Johnson”…

  10. dalc4life says: Feb 29, 2012 7:20 PM

    I have two words for you – “Jimmy Johnson”…


    I have two words for you – “Hershall Walker”

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