Aug 18, 2022; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyler Smith (73) and offensive tackle Matt Waletzko (71) stretch during joint practice against the Los Angeles Chargers at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys to entrust untested rookie at left tackle

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones resisted the urge to make a trade to fix the left tackle spot, anchored in the belief he has the man for the job on the roster.

Jones said the Cowboys considered all options — presumably including a trade — when they learned Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith would miss months with a knee injury. Moving All-Pro guard Zack Martin, a tackle at Notre Dame who has played left tackle in an emergency for the Cowboys, wasn’t a thought this time around.

That’s because Jones said the Cowboys ultimately settled on rookie first-round pick Tyler Smith, even though the untested 21-year-old has never practiced there with the team.

“We’ve got to get him out here and get him practiced here over the next couple of weeks relative to any issue he had with a little high-ankle (sprain),” Jones said. “But we don’t think that’s serious enough to limit his preparation. Now, what is the case is he hasn’t been there at left tackle. He is a rookie. But he’s a first-round pick and he deserved to be a first-round pick in my mind. And so we knew — we just didn’t want it to come any earlier than it needed — but we knew we had to get ready to replace our left tackle and he was the pick.”

Tyler Smith was projected to be a guard in the NFL by Field Level Media’s draft analysts entering the 2022 NFL Draft. He entered the draft as an underclassman and won with upper-body strength and raw power at Tulsa, but “athletic limitations might be exposed outside” at tackle, per the FLM pre-draft scouting report.

Dallas has had success turning out consistent performers drafted in the first round — Martin was picked No. 16 in 2014, Tyron Smith went ninth in 2011 — and Smith went No. 24 overall.

The Cowboys open the season at home Sept. 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

–Field Level Media

Jul 26, 2022; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at training camp press conference at the River Ridge Fields.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones: ‘I need to win’ Super Bowl, Cowboys must be ‘viable’ in playoffs

Jerry Jones stopped short of saying “Super Bowl or bust,” but the longtime owner of the Dallas Cowboys described the high expectations he had for his team when meeting with reporters Tuesday.

“Well, I need to win (another Super Bowl). I need to win it, but I’ll be candid with you, there’s degrees,” Jones said as Cowboys training camp opened in Oxnard, Calif. “I want to be fair to everybody concerned. We need to be in the playoffs. We need to be viable in the playoffs for it to be a successful season.”

Jones turns 80 in October. His franchise last won a Lombardi Trophy in the 1995 season, and the 26-year drought is the longest in team history.

“I told them I’ve got a birthday coming up here real quick and I don’t have time to have a bad time,” Jones said. “It ain’t on my schedule.”

After missing the playoffs in 2019 and 2020, the Cowboys won the NFC East last season with a 12-5 record before losing their wild-card round game to the San Francisco 49ers.

Quarterback Dak Prescott ran out of time to get off one final play before the clock expired on a 23-17 loss. Prescott later said the Cowboys “definitely underachieved, and it sucks.”

Jones expressed confidence in coach Mike McCarthy as he enters his third season coaching Dallas. The owner added that his team’s recent close calls “sustain” him.

“What you have is somebody that wants to go again and feels like we’ve got the tools to win it,” Jones said of his level of satisfaction. “We won 12 games last year. I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t get a little bit of feel-good out of those 12 games. I understand where our fans are. They should understand where I am. That’s not enough, but it’s enough to go again.”

–Field Level Media

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Jerry Jones: Dallas is a one-team NFL city

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to quash any notion of a second NFL franchise moving to his city.

Just last week, Mayor Eric Johnson issued a tweet inviting the Los Angeles Chargers to move to Texas following news of a legal squabble between members of the Spanos family, which owns the team. In his tweet, he invited the team and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to check out the city.

“Southern Dallas is the fresh start the @Chargers need! Several sites, including @cottonbowlstad and Hensley Field, would be ideal locations for a state of the art practice facility and world headquarters or stadium. We’re ready for the @NFL in @CityOfDallas!”

Jones isn’t on board.

“Well, I like the mayor,” Jones told the Dallas Morning News. “I like him personally, but he doesn’t have the depth. He doesn’t have the knowledge that others have regarding how unique Dallas is and how we enjoy the interest in the Cowboys. He wouldn’t want to water that down as it relates to Dallas if he knew as much, and has spent as much time in sports as I have.”

Jones bought the Cowboys in 1989 for almost $150 million. Before the start of the 2021 season, Forbes valued the franchise at $6.5 billion. The Cowboys play outside Dallas in the suburb of Arlington.

Jones doesn’t sound too worried about the possibility of sharing his city. He said it never would get league approval, anyway.

“You can be rest assured that you would not have the NFL supporting another team because of the kind of value that the game and the NFL receives of having (the) Dallas Cowboys as one of its marquee teams and again, logic tells you (the NFL) wouldn’t want to water that down.”

The only markets with two NFL teams are New York, a situation created by the AFL/NFL merger, and Los Angeles, where the Chargers have been second-fiddle to the Rams since moving north from San Diego in 2017.

–Field Level Media

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was taken to the hospital in a precautionary measure after he was involved in a "minor" car accident.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in traffic collision, but not seriously hurt

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was involved in a minor traffic collision in Dallas Wednesday night, but several sources report he was not seriously injured.

Jones was taken to Parkland Hospital as a precaution after the collision. Jones’ son, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, confirmed via text to ESPN that his father had returned home after a brief hospital stay.

Dallas station WFAA reported that Jones, 79, was in an accident just before 8:10 p.m. CT in the Uptown neighborhood.

Police did not release details of the collision. It is not clear if Jones was driving or how many vehicles were involved.

Jones has owned the Cowboys since February of 1989.

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Woman drops lawsuit against Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

A woman who alleges that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is her biological father has dropped her lawsuit.

Alexandra Davis, 25, said she now wants to verify her claim through genetic testing, according to court papers filed in Dallas on Wednesday and obtained by the Dallas Morning News.

“Alexandra has just decided that she wants to go ahead and proceed with parentage and DNA testing,” said Jay Gray, one of her attorneys. “She wants to remove any doubts that Jerry’s her father.”

In her lawsuit, Davis alleged that Jones paid her mother $375,000 in 1996 to keep silent about the child’s paternity.

Court filings by Jones’ attorneys had sought to dismiss the lawsuit, but did not address the paternity claim.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the field before the game against the Carolina Panthers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones sued by woman who says he is her father

A 25-year-old Washington, D.C., woman filed suit against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, alleging that he is her father, the Dallas Morning News and ESPN reported Wednesday.

Alexandra Davis, a Congressional aide for U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), alleges that Jones paid her mother $375,000 in 1996 to keep silent about the child’s paternity, though Jones did not admit to being the father. Jones also allegedly set up two trust funds for the girl through an attorney in Arkansas, where Cynthia Davis, the child’s mother, lived.

Alexandra Davis is asking the court in Dallas County to rule that the agreement between her mother and Jones is unenforceable in Texas and to confirm that Jones is her father.

According to the Morning News, a hearing is scheduled for March 31.

A spokesman for Jones declined comment. Cynthia Davis also refused to comment to the Morning News.

Jones has been married to his wife, Gene, since 1963. Cynthia Davis was also married at the time of the purported affair but was estranged from her then husband, per the reports.

Jones has a $10.7 billion net worth, according to Forbes, with his holdings headed by the Cowboys. The NFL team is valued by Forbes at $5.7 billion, making it the most valuable sports team in the world, with only the New York Yankees ($5.2 billion) and the New York Knicks ($5 billion) also worth at least $5 billion.

Spanish soccer giants FC Barcelona ($4.76 billion) and Real Madrid ($4.75 billion) are next on the list.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks (R) with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones skips scouting combine

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, typically a presence at the annual NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, stayed in Dallas this week for perhaps multiple reasons.

The team announced that Jones, who has owned the team since 1989, is dealing with an unspecified medical minor issue.

In addition, the Dallas Morning News said on social media, citing an unnamed source, that Jones “is also handling some NFL business involving commissioner Roger Goodell.”

Goodell is reportedly in negotiations with the NFL on a new contract.

Jones’ absence also comes about a week after the team reportedly reached a $2.4 million settlement over accusations by four cheerleaders that a former team executive gained access to their locker room and watched them change clothes.

–Field Level Media

Jan 8, 2020; Frisco, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones answers questions with new head coach Mike McCarthy during a press conference at Ford Center at the Star. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones: Mike McCarthy was not ‘twisting in the wind’

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday that Mike McCarthy’s job was never in jeopardy, despite last week’s perceived lack of endorsement of his head coach.

Jones said it was merely a strategy aimed at keeping defensive coordinator Dan Quinn from leaving for another NFL head coaching position.

“The thing I want to clear is up is that the idea of Mike twisting in the wind wasn’t the case at all,” Jones said in an interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “There was never an issue with me with Mike being the head coach. You never heard that from me. I didn’t want to get involved publicly because they would have just made it more it more interesting for another club.”

Quinn withdrew his name from consideration for coaching jobs with the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. He interviewed with the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears, who selected other coaches on Thursday, and twice interviewed with the Giants.

Jones’ stance Friday was in stark contrast to the one he presented last week. He acknowledged being “very, very frustrated” and said the “ultimate decision in these coaches is one that I have to make.”

Those comments came five days removed from Dallas’ 23-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL wild-card game. The Cowboys won the NFC East and were the No. 3 seed in the playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 12-5 record.

McCarthy replaced Jason Garrett before the 2020 season and has an 18-15 mark. He has three years remaining on his contract.

Jones also addressed the public’s interest in Sean Payton, who stepped down as the New Orleans Saints coach this week. Payton previously worked as an assistant with the Cowboys from 2003-05.

“I understand the speculation. Sean is an outstanding coach. But I haven’t talked to him and am not in any way part of his departure there in New Orleans,” Jones said. “He didn’t have any place in anything I’m doing regarding our staff.”

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Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones meets with outside linebacker Micah Parsons (11) prior to the NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones ‘very, very frustrated’ by state of Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones isn’t ready to discuss head coach Mike McCarthy’s future with the team.

Speaking Friday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jones said he wouldn’t “get into any conversations that I’ve had” about his coaching staff.

His comments follow the Cowboys’ 23-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL wild-card game last Sunday. The Cowboys won the NFC East and were the No. 3 seed in the playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 12-5 record.

He acknowledged being “very, very frustrated” and said the “ultimate decision in these coaches is one that I have to make.”

Jones bought the team in February 1989, and since then, the Cowboys have had eight head coaches. Jones’ first hire was Pro Football Hall of Fame member Jimmy Johnson, who led the Cowboys to two Super Bowl titles. They won a third under Barry Switzer in 1995 but haven’t reached the NFC championship game since.

McCarthy replaced Jason Garrett before the 2020 season and has an 18-15 mark.

Jones said part of his frustration with the 2021 Cowboys was their lack of adjustment through the season.

“Let me be real clear, one of the pet peeves I have is that I don’t like this, ‘Well we’ve got to work on this in the offseasons, we got to work on this.’ I don’t go for that,” Jones said. “I want those things recognized and addressed after we play Tampa after the first game, or after we play the sixth game. I don’t want to wait until we’re sitting here with no season left to address these things we’re doing or not doing.”

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Jan 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) is helped off the field after an injury in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys WR Michael Gallup (ACL) feared out for season

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters that the team believes wide receiver Michael Gallup tore his left ACL Sunday and will be out for the rest of the season.

Gallup will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the extent of his injury.

Gallup twisted around to catch a 21-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of the Cowboys’ 25-22 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals. It was clear that he was in pain after the play, and he did not return.

The fourth-year receiver finished the game with three catches for 36 yards and the score, upping his season totals to 35 receptions, 445 yards and two touchdowns.

Gallup suffered a calf injury in Week 1 and missed the first half of the season before returning in Week 10.

–Field Level Media