Cowboys WR Brice Butler Won’t Re-Sign With Dallas Unless He’s Promised a Starting Job

Upcoming free agent wide receiver Brice Butler says he won’t re-sign with the Cowboys unless he’s promised a starting job, the Dallas Morning News reports.

“With Dallas, the situation has to be right for me to go back,” Butler said on FOX Sports 1 Thursday. “I have to be a starter. If I’m not starting, I’m not going back.”

“I think the market for me will be a little bit better.” Butler said. “So I’m definitely going to play the market. I wouldn’t mind being back in Dallas, but there’s going to have to be some changes made, and I’ll definitely voice that with the team and the organization.”

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Supports Keeping Jason Garrett as Coach and OC Scott Linehan

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t sound like a man who feels the Cowboys coaching staff needs major turnover, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Jones voiced his support of coach Jason Garrett and also backed offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli returning for the 2018 season during his 105.3 The Fan radio show Tuesday.

Instead, Jones said changes to the staff will come more at the assistant coaching level. Several assistants are on expiring contracts including quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, wide receivers coach Derek Dooley, running backs coach Gary Brown, secondary coach Joe Baker and linebackers coach Matt Eberflus.

Will Cowboys OC Scott Linehan Be Back in 2018? He’s Not Worried About It

Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has been bearing the brunt of the blame of the team’s struggling and seemingly predictable attack for much of the season, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

It became been even more acute following the 21-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks when running back Ezekiel Elliott didn’t get a touch after having first and goal at the 3 in the fourth quarter.

While owner Jerry Jones has been unwavering in his support of coach Jason Garrett returning in 2018 in the days leading up to Sunday’s season final with the Cowboys firmly out of the playoff, he wasn’t as committed to the return of his coordinators.

Jones also second-guessed the goal-line play calls against the Seahawks.

The criticism went to another level on Wednesday when receiver Dez Bryant cited Linehan’s limiting schemes as a reason for his decline in production and lack of chemistry with quarterback Dak Prescott that has typified disappointing passing attack.

Linehan says he doesn’t hear the criticism and doesn’t feel any extra pressure regarding his job security.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time,” Linehan said Thursday. “It’s part of the gig. If you spend time listening to whatever you call it, criticism or whatever, then you’re not focusing on the right things. We stay in a pretty tight, close-knit group and we focus on our team and what we got to do to win football games and do it the best way we can.

“We’re not focused on what people think or how they think we should do it. That’s really our approach. That’s been my approach.”

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Says No Doubt He Wants to Finish the Season Strong

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has heard the debate about whether he and other starters should play on Sunday against Philadelphia. Prescott wants to finish the season on a high note, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports.

“Yeah, I’m playing,” Prescott said. “It’s important to me. I hope it’s important to my teammates, this organization.

“I’ll be damned if I’ll finish the season with that performance last week. It’s big for me to go in and finish this season, like I said, this team, this offense, the right way and the way we want to.”

Cowboys Release Veteran LB Justin Durant

The Cowboys released veteran linebacker Justin Durant on Tuesday. They’ll bring up Tre’Von Johnson from the practice squad to take Durant’s place, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Durant played in seven games and was credited with 14 tackles, including three for a loss. He has been inactive the past four weeks after sustaining a concussion against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving.

Durant, 32, signed a one-year deal before the season. He’s spent four of his 11 seasons in the NFL with the Cowboys.

Jerry Jones Won’t Discuss the Future for Cowboys WR Dez Bryant

With their playoff dreams now dead following the 21-12 loss to the Seahawks Sunday at AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys will soon turn their attention to the off-season and re-making the team for the future.

One issue that is expected to be addressed is receiver Dez Bryant and his contract, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Bryant made $13 million in 2017 and is expected to make $12.5 million in 2018 as part of a five-year, $70 million deal he signed before the 2015 season.

A disappointing 2017 has been the trifecta of three consecutive subpar seasons since he signed the contract.

Owner Jerry Jones refused to speculate.

“I don’t even want to visit with that. We have a lot of respect for all the good things that Dez brings. He’s come a long way and made some serious positive contributions to the team. I wouldn’t today get into any prognosis or evaluation or prediction about what we’re doing with a player other than the fact that you can look at their agreements and their contracts and know that we have them on the team,” Jones said.

Jones did allow that they needed more from Bryant on Sunday.

Bryant and quarterback Dak Prescott have struggled with chemistry issues all season because of a lack of separation and seemingly being out of sync on the back shoulder fade.

But one thing Prescott shouldn’t have to worry about his top receiver dropping passes that hit him in both hands.

“I think I have to throw him a better ball,” Prescott said. “Just put it right there on his face mask and don’t give him a chance to drop it, I guess.”

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Should the Cowboys Take Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas’ Comments Seriously? You Bet!

“If y’all got the chance to come get me, come get me!”

That was the comment by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, after the Seahawks’ 21-12 victory over Dallas on Sunday, and the comment was to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett as the teams were leaving the field.

It had to be an emotional moment for Garrett, as he might not even be around as the head coach of the Cowboys in 2018, but for the moment to be caught on tape speaks volumes for how much Thomas really wants out of Seattle and to play for the Cowboys, a team he knows all too well.

Thomas, a Texas native who played at the University of Texas, sought out Garrett and basically made it known that he wants to be in Big D next season, as

“I went to the locker room to talk to [Dez] Bryant, and I saw Coach Garrett,” he said via ESPN.

“I’ve always been a Cowboys fan growing up. But the biggest thing when I say ‘Come get me’ is, I don’t literally mean like, ‘Come get me now.’ I’m still in the prime of my career. I still want to be here, but when Seattle kicks me to the curb, please — the Cowboys — come get me. That’s the only place I would rather be if I get kicked to the curb. So that’s what I meant by it. People take life too serious. That’s just who I am.”

Thomas is set to make $8.5 million next season with the Hawks, and if they are going to look to rebuild, they might just let the former 2010 draft pick walk.

Right into the waiting arms of the Cowboys, who could use a player much like Thomas, no matter who the coach is in 2018.