If the Cowboys have made a list of receivers to contact in case of injury that features Plaxico Burress, it’s news to Jerry Jones.
The Cowboys owner told Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com that the team hasn’t been talking about adding Burress, which contradicts a report from Steve Wyche of NFL.com that the team has had preliminary discussions with Burress. Jones said that the team is planning to use the preseason games to evaluate the receivers already battling for the third receiver spot.
“We’re going to go to war with, so to speak, or go into the season with question marks at the third receiver, there’s no doubts, no matter who it is,” Jones said. “We’re not trying to trade and we’re really looking forward to this run of preseason games to look at these young guys and the people we have and we like what some of them are doing.”
Stephen Jones, the team’s executive vice president, said in a radio interview Thursday that the team wouldn’t “totally rule out” Burress, but his father’s message was quite a bit different. While the elder Jones said he was sticking with the question marks at third receiver, he did admit that the team would take a look if a player of interest became available. That would seem to rule out Burress since he’s as available as a player can be at this point in time, although that could change if the preseason games don’t go well for the receivers already in house.