December 2017 - Dallas Cowboys Wiretap

Dez Bryant Will Reject Request By Cowboys To Take Pay Cut

Dec 27, 2017 9:12 PM

Dez Bryant will reject any requests by the Dallas Cowboys to take a pay cut.

Bryant is scheduled to make $12.5 million in 2018 but had a disappointing 2017.

"I haven't heard no talk about that but if it comes, I don't know, probably not," Bryant said Wednesday. "Hell naw, man. I believe in me."

Bryant is set to count $16.5 million against the salary cap. The Cowboys can free up $8.5 million if they release him or $12 million if he is designated as a post-June 1 cut, with him counting $4 million against the cap in 2019.

Jerry Jones didn't want to discuss the future of Bryant on Sunday.

In 2015, Bryant missed seven games with foot and knee injuries. He missed three games last season with a tibial plateau fracture.

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Jerry Jones: Head Coaching Change Not In Best Interest Of Cowboys

Dec 26, 2017 3:41 PM

While Jerry Jones praised the talent on the Dallas Cowboys' roster and put most of the blame on Jason Garrett and the coaching staff for missing the playoffs.

Jones later clarified that it's "not in the best interest of the Cowboys right now to be considering a head coaching change."

"I know a lot about our coaching staff," Jones said. "I certainly know a lot about Jason Garrett. Because of that, I can very quickly and candidly say his job is not an issue here at all."

Jones added that they would "look" at the possibility of changes to the rest of the staff.

"We did some really good things in the first half this year in many areas," Jones said. "You've got to understand that when you make a change, you got to look up and see where else you go."

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Pete Carroll Calls Earl Thomas 'Come Get Me' Comments As Unfortunate

Dec 26, 2017 2:57 PM

Pete Carroll described comments from Earl Thomas in which he said "come get me" to the Dallas Cowboys as "unfortunate."

Thomas was heading into the Cowboys' locker room to talk with wide receiver Dez Bryant, a close friend, when he urged Jason Garrett to acquire him if he were to ever become available, telling the coach, "If ya'll got a chance to come get me, come get me!" The exchange was seen on video captured by the Dallas Morning News and the NFL Network.

Carroll spoke with Thomas after the incident.

"I sat with Earl afterwards and he was like, 'What do you mean?' He didn't think he did anything wrong at all. He didn't know," Carroll said. "He was just having fun and he was really excited about the game. He was a little bit [wanting to] rub it in a little bit and have a good time with it, and then he just said something into the future. When you read it, it comes across bad. But if he had another chance, he wouldn't say that again.

"He was really concerned about our fans. That was his first [thought], 'Geez, I don't want to make them think that I don't love being here' and all that. So he said what he could say to try to clear it up and all that."

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Jerry Jones Voices Support For Jason Garrett

Dec 25, 2017 10:42 AM

The Dallas Cowboys will miss the playoffs for the fifth time in Jason Garrett's seven full seasons as head coach, but Jerry Jones continues to support him.

"Just so we're clear about it, I do understand frustration right after you lose a game that has as much meaningfulness as this ballgame, but I get to look at a lot of different things and have been around a lot of head coaches and coordinators," Jones said. "I feel good about our head coach."

Garrett signed a five-year deal after directing the Cowboys to a 12-4 record in 2014.

Jones was not interested in talking about his future on Sunday.

"My job is to [do] the best job for this football team," Garrett said. "It was a tough loss for us today, and we're going to get back to work and try to finish strong."

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Cowboys Unsure How They'll Use Ezekiel Elliott

Dec 19, 2017 8:11 AM

Ezekiel Elliott is back with the Dallas Cowboys after serving a six-game suspension, but Jason Garrett says he isn't sure how the running back will be used this weekend.

Elliott hasn't played since Nov. 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He'll practice with the team for the first time since early November on Wednesday as the Cowboys prepare for the Seattle Seahawks.

"Just have to wait and see," Garrett said of Elliott's role. "Got to see how he is [Tuesday], got to see how he practices as the week goes on."

Elliott ran for 783 yards and seven touchdowns on 191 carries in the first eight games of the season.

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Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Dec 13, 2017 12:30 PM

The NFL has five teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense after Week 14. In an indication of how much turnover there's been in parts of the NFL, none of those five teams (Rams, Eagles, Vikings, Saints and Chargers) made the playoffs in 2016.

The Chiefs, Cowboys, Steelers, Falcons and Patriots also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Jaguars, Broncos, Panthers, Ravens and Cardinals rank in the top-10 on defense.

The Seahawks, who have consistently been one of the NFL's top teams in DVOA during the Russell Wilson era, are just outside the top-10 in both categories.

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Jerry Jones Attempted To Delay Goodell Extension By Six Months

Dec 10, 2017 8:30 PM

Jerry Jones attempted to table the contract extension of Roger Goodell for six months. Goodell officially signed the agreement last week, which could be worth up to $200 million over the next five years.

Jones' proposal, on page 10 of the 32-page agenda for this week's league meeting, was submitted on Dec. 1, titled Proposed Resolution 2017 G-7, by the Dallas Cowboys. In it, Jones argued for a six-month "moratorium and any and all actions taken pursuant" to Goodell's new contract, "specifically, that the Commissioner's extension is not finalized during such moratorium."

Jones spent the past few weeks trying to build support to delay or derail Goodell's contract. 

"The owners who supported [Jones] are not exactly influencers and arm-twisters," one owner said. "They're just happy that Jerry wanted to talk to them."

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Jerry Jones' Stance On Roger Goodell's Contract Galvanized Owners

Dec 7, 2017 1:34 PM

The compensation committee finalized Roger Goodell's contract extension ahead of next week's winter meeting in Dallas.

The committee wanted to avoid allowing Jerry Jones to take the issue to the floor at the meeting.

“Animosity towards Jerry is running very high,” said one league source. “The idea that the owners were going to waltz into Dallas and let Jerry dictate to them? That was never going to happen.”

Jones controlled the NFL's process of returning to Los Angeles and his fellow owners wanted to avoid allowing that to happen again.

“People that might have been willing to wait saw Jerry going crazy and it actually galvanized (the owners),” said one ownership source. “He’d already caused the damage, and even after he’d said he wouldn’t sue, he was organizing calls and lobbying owners. Enough people said, ‘It’s not Jerry’s league.’ Jerry’s done a lot for the league, but he’s pulling us apart.”

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Dez Bryant Sets Cowboys Record For TD Catches

Dec 1, 2017 9:58 AM

Dez Bryant has more touchdown receptions than any player in Dallas Cowboys history.

Bryant set the mark, passing Bob Hayes, with a 13-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game against the Washington Redskins.

The receiver now has 72 scores in his career.

"Dez was outstanding," Jerry Jones said. "When he fell to us, we certainly felt it was an opportunity for us in the draft. That's not the same Dez that was there when we drafted him ... That's the way to throw the ball to Dez, I'll say that. You give him those kind of opportunities."

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