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Stephen Jones Says the Cowboys Won’t Be a Market-Setter in New Deals

The Cowboys want to keep their young core intact, but don’t want to pay top-dollar to do so, Kevin Patra of reports.

With Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper all actively seeking new deals, Dallas is attempting to juggle giving the key players what the market dictates and keep their own flexibility.

Speaking on 1310 The Ticket on Wednesday, Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said the Cowboys don’t want to be a “market-setter.”

“We’ve got three really good football player that we’re dealing with here and that have very good representation. And they want to see the market,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “We can’t push the issue unless we want to be a market-setter. And we’re damn sure not going to be a market-setter, because of all the things that go with being a Dallas Cowboy.

“We want to be fair. We want our players to feel good about their contract. But at the same time, we don’t want to do things that are out of line because we can’t afford to be that way. Whether it’s Dak, whether it’s Amari, whether it’s Zeke, they all understand we’ve got a whole group of young players coming behind them that want to be Dallas Cowboys and want to stay here. When we save money, whether it’s with Dak, whether it’s with Zeke, whether it’s with Amari, it’s not saving Jerry and I a dollar. It’s just money that’s going to go to another player….We’re very convicted that we’re going to get these deals done.”

Jones noed Byron Jones, Jaylon Smith and La’el Collins among those players the Cowboys also need to keep in order to remain a playoff contender down the line.

“All these are guys that are so important to our football team,” Jones said. “I promise you, Zeke, Dak, Amari all understand that.”

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