Stephen Jones: We’ll have to be “super creative” to get everyone signed

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Splashy offseason moves may have been part of the game plan for the Cowboys in the past, but they aren’t one of the teams driving this year’s free agent market.

They signed defensive lineman Christian Covington to a one-year deal, but have otherwise stayed away from players from other clubs over the last week. That’s expected to be the case as the team looks for ways to sign defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, quarterback Dak Prescott, wide receiver Amari Cooper, running back Ezekiel Elliott, linebacker Jaylon Smith and others in the near future.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones said that you couldn’t ask for a “better problem” than having a lot of players you want to re-sign, but it is a problem to get all those deals done and it is one that the team knows it is going to have to address in the near future.

“Where it starts to be a logjam is, when you look, we’ve never paid our linebackers a lot of money, and we’ve got two, I think, rare ones in Jaylon and Leighton [Vander Esch],” Jones said, via Albert Breer of SI.com. “That’ll be where the logjam starts — when you figure out how to pay the pass rusher, the corners, the receiver, the quarterback, the running back, across the board on the offensive line, and then try to pay a couple linebackers. That’s when you start to have to get super creative. And if you go out and do a deal right now that’s not efficient, you’re starting to take some creative money away that hopefully is going to help you keep Jaylon, hopefully help you keep both corners. We’ll just have to see.”

Lawrence got a second franchise tag this month and signing him to a longer deal might be the most urgent matter for the Cowboys, but it certainly isn’t the only one on a crowded radar.

20 responses to “Stephen Jones: We’ll have to be “super creative” to get everyone signed

  1. Over this decade, the Cowboys have been loaded with several different Pro Bowlers and All Pros…if only they had a competent coach insteada the hand clapper they currently have…they would’ve played in a Superbowl or two by now…!!!

    Save Jason Garrett…
    – NFC East

  2. The Cowboys will never win again under the Jones boys. They’ve promoted theirselves to a level of incompetence!

  3. This is why you have to have a great personnel staff to find solid cap friendly players you can win with. You can only break the bank for a few players……

  4. I don’t presume to know the answer to the Cowboy salary issues. Therefore, I googled the salaries for New England Patriots. I was surprised. Brady was the highest paid player but at considerable less money than all quarterbacks in the league. Well under 20,000,000 per year. Only a handful get paid 10,000,000 per year. New England has more super bowl wins in the last ten years than do most teams have playoff appearances. Enough is enough. Figure out your positional pay scales and stick to that model. Draft and coach and replace in the draft. If your players want to be the highest paid in nfl…. adios. Works well for New England. There is no way possible to be competitive if Prescott, Elliott, Cooper, and Lawerence demand top dollar. 4 players can not take over 35 percent of the cap. Jerry has not realized that it is not the payroll holding his team back, he needs a head coach and stop trying to hit homer una on these high character risk players.

  5. They won’t be able to sign all those guys unless they push some of that money out over the next ten years. Why mortgage the next decade instead of making the tough decisions?

  6. The Raiders managed to get a first round pick for a guy they had no intention of resigning, a receiver who is perennially a league leader in critical dropped passes will demand top WR money, which he simply isn’t worth.

  7. The Browns have a cheap DE and 3rd down/ CoP back available (Ogbah and Johnson). Give John a call, Steve.

  8. Here’s a thought….. Let Dak play out his final year, trade up and get the 1st overall pick and then draft a Franchise Quarterback. It seems Jerry takes great pride in signing marginal players at at a ‘value’.

  9. Lawrence got a second franchise tag this month and signing him to a longer deal might be the most urgent matter for the Cowboys, but it certainly isn’t the only one on a crowded radar.

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    Considering he’s saying he won’t sign the franchise tag for the second straight year, then what? If he decides to sit out, that’s a big hole to fill on the D-line. Lawrence wanted a long term deal last year and didn’t get it. I have to think the Cowboys need to get him signed to a long term deal, or trade him. Lawrence is probably the best the D/L the Cowboys have, but he is certainly not the best, and most dominating DE in the league. That’s the problem.

  10. As a non fan of this franchise i take enjoyment that they now have to put themselves in cap hell to maintain mediocrity for years to come!

  11. With players now leveraging their true value, Lawrence could hold out and force the Cowboys to trade him, how about the Raiders with cap space and in need of a DE, give back their first rounder to the Cowboys for him?

  12. As a non fan of this franchise i take enjoyment that they now have to put themselves in cap hell to maintain mediocrity for years to come!
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    [smh] Not sure how being $50 million under the cap (among the best in the league) at the start of free agency is “cap hell.” Their issue, Einstein, isn’t that they don’t have the money; the issue is they’ve drafted VERY WELL in recent years and now are faced with paying the talent.

  13. What brilliance! Ebery team wishes it could resign all its top players all the time , “life could be a dream,shay boom”. Doesn’t work that way! Determine your franchise players, (1-3 may be) the rest go to the highest bidder,it is the way of the land.

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