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How Stephen Jones’ Hardest Front Office Decision Came in 2016

Sean Martin



Cowboys Headlines - How Stephen Jones' Hardest Front Office Decision Came in 2016

The Cowboys front office, particularly Jerry Jones, has faced a ton of pressure over the years for "unconventionally" building the team's roster - suffering from the ups and downs that have plagued this franchise since 1996.

Now benefiting from years of hard work from Head Coach Jason Garrett, along with Will McClay and Stephen Jones, the Cowboys are on an unprecedented run with the stars of their 2016 draft class - Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.

Of course, Elliott was drafted in the top five to make the significant and immediate impact that he has, but the plan for Prescott was to never become one of the greatest rookie starters in league history. (Whether or not he is the best is a question better answered by fellow Staff Writer Brian Martin in "Is Dak Prescott The Best Rookie Quarterback In NFL History?").

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This season's success was supposed to be all about Tony Romo. Sometimes foolishly, the Cowboys have aimed to time travel back to 2014 and replicate that magical season that ended anything-but-magically at Lambeau Field. Now, America's Team is Dak to the future.

In answering fan questions like the one above, Stephen Jones said that the decision to stick with Prescott was the hardest he's ever had to make.

Reportedly, Romo flew on Jerry Jones' private jet to the Steelers game, where he was informed that Prescott would be keeping the starting job. The rookie earned that role even further by beating the Steelers in a classic, before returning home to rattle off the Cowboys' two most recent wins against the Ravens and Redskins.


You see how much respect the Dallas organization has for Romo simply by looking over Stephen's shoulder at the painting of a quarterback that should be regarded as an all-time great - instead leaving a legacy of near misses and otherwise embarrassing Cowboys teams around him.

Romo earned so much more respect when he painfully conceded the starting job to Prescott, and now that we know truly how difficult of a decision it was for the Cowboys, it only makes that speech more powerful.

The NFL is a business. If you think anybody understands that more than the Jones family, you're wrong.

Business can be hard, as you have to do what's best for everyone while dealing with unexpected twists and turns - all while trying to manage how much emotion impacts important decisions.

The miraculous 10-1 Cowboys are a thing of beauty, rightfully being led by Dak Prescott. For Cowboys Nation, this has gotten easier and easier to say after each consecutive win. For Stephen Jones, it may never be easy to look back on the abrupt ending to Romo's reign with the Star.

Unless it ends in some new hardware coming to The Star. Fight ✭.

Tell us what you think about "How Stephen Jones’ Hardest Front Office Decision Came in 2016" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.


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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

Brian Martin



REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...

Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.

Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.

This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.

Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.

This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

Brian Martin



BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.

Kerry Hyder Jr. on Twitter

Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation

Kerry Hyder provides more depth at the defensive end position and as a chance to become the starter opposite DeMarcus Lawrence while Randy Gregory is out serving his suspension.

Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.

He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.

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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

Mauricio Rodriguez



Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

As the Dallas Cowboys still have a glaring need at the safety position, a new name has appeared on the available free agents list, and it's a well known name. The Kansas City Chiefs just released one of the best at the position, Eric Berry. The move by Kansas City is likely salary cap related. The Chiefs had just signed Tyrann Mathieu for a three-year $42M deal. The five-time Pro Bowler will have to find a new home in the NFL.

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Chiefs released five-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry. Had Berry been on KC's roster Friday, $7.25 million of his salary would have become fully guaranteed.

The question in many Dallas Cowboys fans minds' right now is pretty obvious. Will the Cowboys be interested? 

Eric Berry is one hell of a football player but injuries have plagued his career lately. Since he suffered a torn Achilles in 2017, Berry hasn't been the same player as before. In the past two seasons, the 30 year old safety has played in only three games.

Field Yates on Twitter

Eric Berry's tenure with the Chiefs: * 88 games played * 445 tackles * 50 PBU * 14 INT * 5 TD score * 5X Pro Bowler * 3X First Team All Pro More importantly: a cancer survivor who returned to the field and inspired countless people along the way.

Berry would be a nice fit for the Dallas Cowboys' defense to pair with Xavier Woods. However, the front office has already passed on many available safeties. For Berry to come to Dallas, the price would have to be right. It's tough to imagine where Berry's value would land in such a busy safety market. Both Landon Collins and Earl Thomas have signed big time contracts.

Age and injury history could be factors that drop Berry's price to a number that the front office would be interested in. I honestly would be surprised if he got top money today. A contract with little guaranteed money could get the Cowboys involved.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Chiefs cut S Eric Berry. I'm told #Cowboys will investigate ... but recent serious health issues and inactivity - Berry is great story as a cancer survivor - mean LOTS of research is merited.

Mike Fisher took to Twitter to say the Cowboys will investigate the newest safety in the market.

The Cowboys have already seen Earl Thomas and others sign contracts elsewhere and while their free agency philosophy is clear at the moment, I believe it'd be a mistake to leave the need for a safety unattended until late April. There are quite a few options out there the team should explore.

Whether it's Eric Berry or another player such as Tre Boston, Andrew Sendejo or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Cowboys should sign a starting safety and leave the draft picks for other positions.

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