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Jerry Jones Holds the Line in Dallas Cowboys Contract Negotiations

John Williams



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Over much of the last 30 years, the Dallas Cowboys front office had played fast and loose with their money, often handing out contracts to players that probably shouldn't have received the second contracts or free-agent deals that they received. Dallas Cowboys Owner and General Manager was often viewed as one of the more undisciplined spenders in the NFL as the team attempted to recapture its early 90's glory.

But recently, the Dallas Cowboys front office has taken a more disciplined approach when it comes to free agency and even paying their own players. After the Brandon Carr and Tyrone Crawford contracts didn't exactly yield the results they were looking for, the Cowboys took on a philosophy of not chasing big-money free agents during the offseason. When it comes to their own players, Jerry Jones and the rest of the front office has become more shrewd. See Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley.

A team that was constantly characterized as being in "cap-hell" has now found themselves in cap heaven. While much of that can be attributed to Executive Vice President and Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones, Jerry Jones has evolved as well.

When the Cowboys released Dez Bryant in the 2018 offseason, it was a sign that Jones, who had been extremely loyal toward players that had been long-time Dallas Cowboys, was willing to make difficult or shrewd contract decisions. Though Stephen Jones may be taking the lead on establishing a philosophy for disciplined salary cap and contract management, nothing happens still without the Owner's blessing.

The negotiations the front office is involved in for their offensive stars has taken a rather public note with the Dallas Cowboys opening training camp. Though at their opening press conference at the start of camp Jerry Jones said they wouldn't be talking about contracts every day, it sure seems they've begun to talk about contracts every day.

Stephen Jones has made it known publicly that the Cowboys aren't going to be setting the market with respect to the deals that need to get done with Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, and Ezekiel Elliott. Yesterday, Jerry Jones stuck with the front office's message that these contracts aren't only about these players, echoing Stephen Jones' previous statements.

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Jerry Jones: "Certainly individually they want to be recognized when it comes to the money, but on the other hand, it's got to fit our plan, or it doesn't work with our house and our house falls."

They've got a plan in place to get the newest version of "The Triplets" under contract, but also have an eye to the future as they attempt to work in Byron Jones, Jaylon Smith, and possibly La'el Collins. Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones want to make it all work in such a way that it doesn't force them to restructure some of their long-term contracts.

There's a way to make it all work, as Jess Haynie wrote yesterday, but the Dallas Cowboys are attempting to get the best possible deals they can get with their offensive stars.

Any person in any negotiable business transaction is going to seek to get the best deal that they can get in that transaction. Whether you're negotiating the price of a house or a car, both sides of the sale are trying to get the best deal for their side as possible. It's the reason Ezekiel Elliott is holding out and it's the reason Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper haven't signed their contracts yet. It's also the reason why you see the front office playing out these negotiations in public and aren't moving off of their proposals.

At some point, the two sides of these negotiations will come to an agreement that they're all happy with. Though there's a lot of uncertainty with Ezekiel Elliott's contract because of a report that the team and Elliott remain far apart on an agreement, questions continue to arise. Yesterday, Jerry Jones was asked if he was worried about the prospect of getting Elliott's contract finalized.

Here's what Jerry had to say:

Jon Machota on Twitter

Jerry Jones was asked if he's worried about Ezekiel Elliott's contract not getting done. Jones: "I don't consider it. No. When have I ever not done one? So I don't worry about that.

The man who made his fortune wildcatting the oil fields of Oklahoma and made the deal to purchase the Dallas Cowboys, Jones always finds a way to get a deal done when they need to get a deal done. DeMarcus Lawrence and Dez Bryant are evidence that when it comes down to it, the Dallas Cowboys always get their man.

This summer I have the feeling, that three of those men are about to get paid.

Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.


Game Notes

Taco Charlton Isn’t Going Anywhere After Strong Preseason Week 3

Mauricio Rodriguez



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Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Taco Charlton might be turning things around. The former first round draft pick didn't have a great couple of seasons to start his career off, which forced him to be in a battle to earn a spot on the Cowboys 53-man roster this offseason. Three weeks into the preseason, it looks like he's a lock to make the team. In a "Dress Rehearsal" game that went great for the Cowboys, Charlton's performance was among the best players.

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed how the Cowboys' younger defensive ends could force the team to move on from Taco. From Dorance Armstrong to Jalen Jelks, there's a handful of promising players that were participating in a positional battle that one way or another, included Taco Charlton.

However, the Michigan product showed up to play versus the Los Angeles Rams with two passes batted down. Despite making such plays, we still hadn't seen much from him in the pass rush department.

Taco Charlton

That changed against the Houston Texans last Saturday when he managed to get two sacks (one strip-sack), two forced fumbles and a recovery. This was undoubtedly Taco's best game in his career. He still has a lot to prove, but it was definitely good to see him have a "breakout" preseason game.

With such performance, it doesn't seem like he'll be going anywhere in 2019. Charlton won't be a starter for this team, but he could become a very important rotational piece for Rod Marinelli's defense. He has a great opportunity to find playing time during the first two weeks of the season before Robert Quinn returns from suspension.

One unfortunate note was that in his best game yet, Taco went out injured twice (ankle). The first time he went back to the field to get some more but had to walk off the field for a second time. Hopefully, he's able to play next Thursday but I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't after having a breakout game versus the Texans.

Taco Charlton still has a very long way to justify being a first-round pick, but his play against Houston was a start. It will be very interesting to see how he plays in the 2019 regular season. He'll have to fight for playing time and he'll have to make every snap count to turn his career around.

Tell me what you think about "Taco Charlton Isn’t Going Anywhere After Strong Preseason Week 3" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Cowboys’ Taryn Christion Gets Time at QB; More Coming?

Jess Haynie



Taryn Christion

Last night was the first time we've seen Taryn Christion, the Dallas Cowboys' fourth quarterback on the current depth chart, actually playing the position in preseason. Could we see more of Christion at QB in this Thursday's finale, and at what point should Mike White be worried?

Signed just a few days before training camp began, Christion has been tried at running back, receiver, and various special teams units while the Cowboys were in Oxnard. But last week he started getting more time at quarterback, and last night's win over the Houston Texans saw him playing a few drives at QB to close the game out.

Sure, Taryn came in fourth behind White in the rotation. But that Dallas thought to give him reps in that game, the critical dress rehearsal game, is telling.

Jason Garrett doesn't get cute with rotations and playing time. He's old school, and there's meaning in every decision he makes about when and how guys get time in preseason.

Ironically, the decision came following Mike White's best preseason game this year. He went 6-of-9 for 56 yards and a touchdown, plus avoided any sacks or turnovers.

Rather than let White keep building on that, though, Dallas pulled him for Taryn Christion in the 4th quarter. It seemed as if the Cowboys were determined to get him some time at QB.

An even better showcase will come this Thursday night. The Cowboys host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the final preseason game; we know Dak Prescott won't be playing, and the team may even protect Cooper Rush with limited time on the field.

Dallas likely intends to give Christion some significant playing time on Thursday. And to help make that easier, they played him last night to get some of those butterflies out of his system.

No, Taryn Christion probably isn't going to make the 53-man roster. Neither is Mike White, for that matter. It feels like the battle for the number-three QB is more about the practice squad now.

But whatever the case, the battle seems to be heating up. Dallas appears more invested in Christion now as a quarterback than at any other point since he arrived; some added intrigue for Thursday's final preseason game.

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HOU 0, DAL 34: Defense Dominates in Dress Rehearsal Game

Matthew Lenix



HOU 0, DAL 34: Defense Dominates in Dress Rehearsal Game 1

The Dallas Cowboys couldn't have scripted a better result in tonight's dress rehearsal game against the Houston Texans. All three phases of the game made big plays as they dominated 34 to 0.

The night belonged to the defense as they terrorized Houston's starters and reserves along the offensive line with 8 sacks. Taco Charlton, a former first-round pick turned outcast was the star of the night with 2 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. In my opinion, if there were any doubts about him making the roster he put them to bed tonight.

Kerry Hyder showed once again why he's one of the smartest free-agent signings of 2019. After being a lost man in the 3-4 defensive scheme with his former team the Lions, he's done a really good job applying pressure even though he hadn't recorded any sacks in the first two preseason games. However, tonight he recorded 2 sacks and reminded everyone of the player who had 8 sacks in 2016.

The young guys weren't to be left out in this defensive clinic. Dorance Armstrong, Trysten Hill, Daniel Wise, and Joe Jackson all had half sacks. Rookie Safety Donovan Wilson had one of the plays of the night with a beautiful interception as he tapped both feet before heading out of bounds. Cornerback C.J. Goodwin, who will probably make the roster on his special teams ability, got in on the interception party himself high pointing a contested pass.

Dak Prescott was only 2 for 5 (11 for 14 in the preseason) but managed to escape what looked like a sure sack and roll to his left and threw a rope to Michael Gallup for a touchdown. The two have shown a lot of growth and chemistry during training camp, something that was missing at times in 2018.

Wide Receiver Devin Smith had 6 receptions for 79 yards while Cedrick Wilson snagged 3 passes on 4 targets. Both receivers are fighting for the final roster spots in the receiver group which they'll have to continue to do next week against the Buccaneers.

Tight End Marcus Lucas had a very solid game with 4 catches for 50 yards. He will definitely be a player to watch in the final preseason game before final cuts are made. Cooper Rush went 15 for 25 and further solidified his position as the primary backup to Prescott. Mike White was also solid going 6 for 9 and tossing a touchdown.

Special teams got in on the action themselves when Linebacker Joe Thomas recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.

Now the Cowboys have only one more preseason game before the 2019 season begins. All that's left now is figuring out the last few roster spots and staying as healthy as possible. September 8th is right around the corner.

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