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Jones: Cowboys looking harder at free agent’s age and injury history


The Dallas Cowboys have notoriously made bad free agency decisions, overpaying aging players. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told a local radio station they they’re working to change that mentality taking into account age and injury history when signing players.

“We can’t just spend freely, and it’s probably a good thing,” Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “I think we’ve really taken a stance here that we got to get value and we got to be efficient in the free agency market.”

“I don’t ever want to say never, but when you talk about making your commitment long term, I will say that we’re taking a lot harder look at it than ever before. Because whether we were just unlucky or whatever it is, you certainly have to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to have to do something different.’ Certainly two years in a row, we’ve had a problem with that.”

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  • SmartThinking

    I’m of the general opinion that people don’t change. And certainly not someone as quirky and uncontrollable as big Jones. Yes. The words say they’re taking longer looks and waiting half a minute before they pull the trigger on one player. I’m more of a “let’s wait until season’s end to see if this guy has backed off his aberrant ways of running this organization” kinda guy.

    Just after this last season ended we all read four or five articles and in-depth interviews with the guy where he appeared introspective and thoughtful re: the boneheaded moves he’s made and how he so crassly dumped two of the most famous and productive Cowboy icons in NFL history in one weekend. That and Dallas waiting one week before bringing on Melton, a guy with significant injury issues overshadowed only by his police blotter issues as our new D-line savior du jour? Thanks. But I think I’m gonna wait a month or two before I’m ready to tell the world that “Jerry’s a changed man!!!”

    More likely, little Jones and Garrett have been ragging on big Jones often and hard enough that he’s backed off just enough to make them think he’s realized how much he’s damaged this team.

    In any case, before we all buy into the “Look at the new Jerry” parade, let’s get as far as the draft and see what he does there. If this team ends up with another TE and a QB, then we’ll all know that in Jerry’s mind, it’ nothing else but business as usual.