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Jerry Jones On 2016 Draft: “There’s No Have-To Here” At QB

RJ Ochoa



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When Jerry Jones talks, we listen.

The Owner, President, and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys dropped some words that are hotter than Technotronic's "Move This (Shake That Body)" on Wednesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Mobile, AL isn't only the site of the Senior Bowl. Mobile will forever be remembered as the birthplace of the Carson Wentz Hype Train. The North Dakota State Bison has skyrocketed in terms of perceived value, and the actual Senior Bowl hasn't even happened yet! Wentz is just one of the players on the North Squad that is being coached by Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys Staff.

Cowboys Blog - Jerry Jones on 2016 Draft: "There's No Have-To Here" At QB

After the North Squad finished practice on Wednesday, Jerry Jones spoke. What was the biggest takeaway, you ask? Only that the Dallas Cowboys do not feel like they must take a quarterback in this year's NFL Draft. Boom.

You can read an the sequence of everything that Jerry said over at, but the gist of it in Mr. Jones' words is that:

"There's no have-to here, in my mind, because we have the luxury of having Romo here for 3, 4, 5 more years."

While one can argue that the durability that we've seen lately from Tony Romo might not live up to that timeframe, Romo himself believes that he has plenty of time left in the NFL.

Anytime you're picking this high in the NFL Draft you have to consider all options - quarterback among them. It's something that is in the conversation, but once you come to your senses you turn the page and move onto the real options.

Romo is taking all of the right measures to ensure that he's healthy enough for the Cowboys moving forward. I've pounded the table, repeatedly, here at Inside The Star as to why a quarterback would be a lateral step for this team. I've developed a fun hypothetical to illustrate the potential ramifications of taking one and just recently taken a fan poll showing that a majority of Cowboys fans agree.

As of Wednesday, January 27th 2016 it would appear that Jerry Jones feels the same.

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What are your thoughts on Jerry Jones's comments from Wednesday? Let me know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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  • Mr. Bamboozaul

    Romo will be the starting quarterback for the Cowboys until he 50 years old, as long as Jerry in charge.

  • Robert

    It's getting harder and harder to continue to root for the Star. The only way the Cowboys make it to the Super Bowl, is that it's fixed. Jerry is determined to make sure that his beloved Romo gets that covenant 4th Super Bowl ring that Jerry is chasing. Jerry wants both Romo and Witten to get into the Hall of Fame. Jerry is so desperate to receive credit for taking the cheap, for having Romo drop in his lap per Sean Peyton and David Lee.

  • Jess Haynie

    Jerry is absolutely right that there is no can't miss prospect among these QBs. His timetable for Romo's longevity is a little generous but I'm glad he's not feeling desperate. This is the wrong crop of rookie QBs to force anything with.

  • RJ Ochoa

    Agreed, Jess. I'm not at all saying that Romo is going to play that long, but I agree with Jerry that there's no need to have tunnel vision regarding a QB this Draft.

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  • Zac Fields

    Guys, Jerry's words are generally meaningless. He also said we wouldn't release Terrell Owens, right before we did. Weren't going to fire Wade Phillips, about two weeks before he fired Wade Phillips.

    Keep in mind that Jerry Jones fell in love with the idea of drafting Johnny Manziel two drafts ago when Romo had six full seasons left on his contract. You could argue that Jerry just loved the idea of "Johnny Football" and that's it, but that argument gives Jerry less credit than he deserves. He's already tried the approach of waiting until your franchise quarterback retires to pursue a new one — he lived through that just like we did except he was a lot closer to it. There is no part of him that wants to go through that again.

    That doesn't mean that he isn't being genuine in this particular case, but anybody who followed the Senior Bowl knows Jerry was clearly sizing up Carson Wentz (the only potential 1st round quarterback there). I think he's right to say you don't "have to" draft a quarterback, but there's no part of me that believes he isn't strongly considering it.

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Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space

Sean Martin



Travis Frederick

Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.

Jane Slater on Twitter

C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed

Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.

Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.

Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.

With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Place 2nd Round RFA Tender on DL David Irving

Jess Haynie



David Irving

One of the more anticipated Cowboys free agency moves has finally happened. Defensive lineman David Irving has been given the 2nd-round Restricted Free Agent tender, which would result in a $2.91 million contract for 2018.

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Source: the Cowboys have used a 2nd round tender on DT David Irving. The cost is $2.91 million.

If another team offers Irving a contract, that would have to send their 2018 second-round draft pick to the Cowboys.

There was no doubt that Dallas would extend an RFA tender to Irving, one of the bright young stars on their defense. The question was at what amount; they could have gone with the $4.1 million tender which raises the compensation to a first-round draft pick.

With a difference of only about $1 million, some might argue that the Cowboys went lower to entice other teams to try to sign Irving. Perhaps they don't foresee giving him a big long-term deal next year, so want to get something for him now.

It's a logical argument, and one that means there may be more to this story before the offseason ends. For now, though, David Irving's closer to remaining a Cowboy than he was yesterday.

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REPORT: Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick Has Requested Release

Jess Haynie



Is Orlando Scandrick In The Cowboys' 2017 Plans?

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick has requested to be released by the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report from ESPN's Todd Archer. The veteran has been with the team since 2008, when he was drafted in the fifth round.

Archer's report can be found here:

Todd Archer on Twitter

Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has requested his release from the team, according to a source. Scandrick hopes to get into the free-agent market when it opens Wednesday. Cowboys seem to have moved on at corner with Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis,...

The end of Scandrick's run in Dallas comes as no surprise. He had fallen behind the youth movement at cornerback with Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown all arriving in the last two seasons. Now with talk that Byron Jones may move back to CB, there's just not place for Orlando.

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, releasing Scandrick doesn't provide any great salary cap relief.

If Dallas cuts Scandrick outright, they will get back about $1.4 million from his $5.3-million cap hit in 2018. If they make him a June-1st cut, the cap relief increases to $3 million and pushes $1.6 million of dead money into 2019.

If not for all their younger options, the Cowboys might have elected to stick with Orlando for one more season. But given what they already have at corner, Dallas was likely planning to release him even before this request.

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