Cowboys Notes: Jerry, Dez, Witten

This is not exactly surprising given that he’ll turn 78 in October, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is not planning to remain at the helm beyond the expiration of the next CBA, as Jon Machota of The Athletic tweets. Of course, the proposed CBA that will soon be voted on by the league’s workforce is another 10-year agreement, so it makes sense that Jones, who has owned the club since 1989, would be prepared to step down around the time the players and owners sit down again in another decade or so.

However, he is adamant that the proposed CBA is the right move for the league and should be ratified by the players.

Now for more from Dallas:

  • Former star wideout Dez Bryant hasn’t played since 2017, but he wants to continue his NFL career and recently expressed his desire to rejoin the Cowboys. For what it’s worth, Jones said he hasn’t ruled it out, as Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets. Jones even revealed a little more than we may have liked, saying he has considered the matter while in the shower.
  • Jones would also like tight end Jason Witten to return to the team, as Hill notes (Twitter link). However, it sounds like Jones has a reduced role in mind for Witten, and it remains to be seen whether Witten — who is open to signing elsewhere — will be receptive to that.
  • Likewise, Jones wants to retain pass-rusher Robert Quinn (Twitter link via Hill). The last we heard, the Cowboys had not discussed a new contract with Quinn — understandable, as the club has bigger fish to fry at the moment — but Quinn posted 11.5 sacks in a resurgent 2019 campaign, and Jones hopes there is a way he can keep him in Dallas.
  • Another member of the Cowboys’ front seven, Tyrone Crawford, is under contract through 2020, but the Cowboys could save $6.9MM by cutting him. That could be tempting, given that Crawford played in just four games in 2019 and had surgery on both of his hips. However, the 30-year-old said he could return to the field this spring, and Jones expects him to be on the roster, though he is definitely a restructure candidate (Twitter link via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News).
  • Cowboys DE Michael Bennett signed a new contract with the Cowboys after Dallas acquired him from the Patriots in October that allows him to hit free agency this year. As such, his comments to ESPN’s Josina Anderson indicating that he wants to play in 2020 are not surprising (Twitter link). It sounds as though Bennett, 34, wants to hook on with a contender, and there should be a market for his services.
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8 comments on “Cowboys Notes: Jerry, Dez, Witten

  1. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    If I was one of the owners, I’d ask Jones to refrain from commenting until the CBA is approved by the players. Him saying this CBA should be ratified by the players is about the biggest red flag the players could get that this is very pro-owner.

    • seth3120

      I get your point but doubt it impacts the vote. The owners being a little divided says more in the other direction(although I wouldn’t doubt it if that was intentionally planned).

      • compassrose

        The red flag is what he said. If you take the past into account it is more clear. The CBA is good for the league. The league is the teams not the players. It it’s even clearer when he says the players should ratify it. He differentiates the two in that one sentence.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Every owner would say the deal is generous and should be ratified by players so Jones is not creating any red flag here. The problem for the players is that there is too much politics going on within their own union so they don’t know who to trust.

  2. crazylarry

    I wonder if at that age “ Jerra” will still be picking his nose on National tv or will he have someone doing for him??

  3. Jimmy Johnson’s Ghost

    Bennett wants to “hook on with a contender” so I’m guessing a reunion with Dallas is out of the question.

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