Not too long ago Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he was grooming his son Stephen Jones to take over as the team’s general manager.
It appears that the time for that is now.
On Monday, Jones said that the team was continuing negotiations with quarterback Tony Romo on a contract extension and that he trusts that they will eventually come to an agreement. The Cowboys could benefit from extending Romo because it would provide the team with some salary cap relief, and it would guarantee that Romo would be the starting quarterback going forward.
The team could also reward defensive end Anthony Spencer with a new long-term deal, which could lower his salary cap number also. However, Jones believes that getting Romo’s deal done before Spencer’s is a priority.
“Quarterbacks take precedence.” Jones said.
The last few days have been pretty tough on Cowboys fans because of the team’s inactivity during free agency, but Jones said that was the plan all along.
“We were never going to be big players in free agency this year,” Jones said. “We played there last year, and we felt like we did some good things, and we’ve got to see what the end results are. A big focus for us is on this draft. We need to draft well.”
Those comments by Jones only reassure my belief that the changing of the guard is occurring between Jones and his father. It’s an exciting time Cowboys fans; it appears that the light has finally come on for one of the Joneses.