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Stephen Jones: Cowboys cap issues aren’t huge


When the Cowboys haven’t been talking about the somewhat convoluted hierarchy of their coaching staff, they’ve been talking about the need to clear cap space ahead of the start of the new league year.

Defensive end DeMarcus Ware’s contract may be restructured and wide receiver Miles Austin could be dropped from the roster, but executive vice president Stephen Jones is downplaying the cap crunch facing Dallas this offseason. During an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Jeff Rickard and Howard Balzer, Jones said “they’re not huge issues” in part because the Cowboys aren’t prioritizing free agents as the route to improving the team.

“The only thing the cap issues do with us is we can’t be big players in free agency. I think history will tell you that being a big player in free agency is overrated and usually detrimental to the growth of a franchise, because a lot of these guys are leaving their other team for a reason. It’s usually because [other teams] don’t want to pay them and usually that’s for a reason.”

Jones said building through the draft is the best way to put together a winner, but the Cowboys haven’t had a high enough hit rate in recent drafts to realize the rewards of that approach. That will need to change in order for the team’s cap issues to truly be a non-issue in the 2014 season.

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21 Responses to “Stephen Jones: Cowboys cap issues aren’t huge”
  1. whatjusthapped says: Feb 24, 2014 12:59 PM

    The Cowboys don’t need a “high enough hit rate in recent drafts” as much as they need a GM. The two go hand in hand.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 24, 2014 1:01 PM

    No, but they are one relevant issue that is detracting from the team achieving more wins including that elusive SB win. Big problem or small problem, the best teams eliminate all the problems they possibly can. Dallas hasn’t done that yet with their roster design or cap structure.

  3. xtech9 says: Feb 24, 2014 1:02 PM

    I’m sure signing your kicker to an extension even though he isn’t a free agent till after this year can’t help your cap situation.

  4. thefootballgodssay says: Feb 24, 2014 1:04 PM

    lol yes it is

  5. ariani1985 says: Feb 24, 2014 1:04 PM

    Doink the clown running the show.

  6. shartlos says: Feb 24, 2014 1:14 PM

    This has me wondering, how will they keep Dez when it’s his time? Wouldn’t that be something if he went somewhere else ?

  7. seahawkhuskyfan says: Feb 24, 2014 1:15 PM

    At least the management provides entertainment. Not on the field entertainment is the problem if you’re a Cowboys fan.

    JJ could do standup comedy right now and I would buy a ticket. Just stand up there and talk about football…………. that surely would make everybody laugh

  8. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 24, 2014 1:18 PM

    I agree with it being best fro a team to build through the draft. But their drafting has room for improvement.

    As far as cap issues go, the Jones aren’t that concerned because they just keep kicking the can down the road. Eventually will bite them.

  9. phillycannon says: Feb 24, 2014 1:29 PM

    building through the draft huh. like signing a center in the 1st round(who you didnt need). or extending your over 30 y/o quarterback and giving him a cool 100 mil. or having numerous running backs year after year and saying they’re your franchise(choice, barber, jones.’…etc).

    So yea free agency is overrated lol

    This franchise is a joke!!!!!

  10. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 24, 2014 1:32 PM

    To clear this up, Stephen is the salary cap “guru” for the Cowboys. He’s not going to bad mouth himself. He’s also GM in waiting, so the Cowboys won’t win anything for the next 30 years, atleast.

  11. Grulks says: Feb 24, 2014 1:52 PM

    “cowboys cap issues arent huge”…compared to the federal debt.

    The good thing for Dallas is that 2015 will have significant cap relief, as well as a higher cap number per team,.

    The bad news is, theyre likely to be without Jason Hatcher, and some other key pieces in 2014

  12. britishraven says: Feb 24, 2014 2:02 PM

    Has he even looked at their cap situation?

  13. tvguy22 says: Feb 24, 2014 2:09 PM

    This makes me happy.

  14. gbrim says: Feb 24, 2014 2:32 PM

    Cowboys cap issue is not large–OK, but their ‘Jones’ issue looks to be insurmountable….

    Glad I am not a Cowboy fan, and I never thought I would say that.

  15. jerryjonessaidwhat says: Feb 24, 2014 3:50 PM

    Keep daddy’s hand out of the draft cookie jar and maybe this team might realize a little success..

    And I cringe at what your idea of a ” huge cap issue ” is

  16. hawkforlife says: Feb 24, 2014 4:56 PM

    I think history will tell you that being a big player in free agency is overrated and usually detrimental to the growth of a franchise, because a lot of these guys are leaving their other team for a reason.

    So Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett did nothing for the Seahawks? The Jones family are hilarious.

  17. kimbrktty says: Feb 24, 2014 4:57 PM

    Jerry is Al Davis. You will only get him out of the Running of the team when you pry it from his cold dead hands.. until then… Enjoy the underachieveing.

  18. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Feb 24, 2014 6:18 PM

    obviously young gomer must be referring to when the boys brought in quality free agents like joey galloway or t.o.- obviously they were leaving their team for a reason………….classic

  19. craigkintexas says: Feb 24, 2014 6:35 PM

    Fairy tales can come true it can happen to you if your name is Jones…LOL

  20. cowboysfaninpatriotsland says: Feb 24, 2014 7:53 PM

    Building via the draft is the right way to go, but this Cowboys aren’t very good at that either!

  21. technicjunkie says: Feb 25, 2014 4:19 AM

    Oh where have you gone Tex Shramm and Tom Landry!

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