No Extension Coming This Offseason For Cowboys Defensive End David Irving

Cowboys Defensive End David Irving won’t be getting an extension this offseason according to Pro Football Rumors, as Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones dosen’t seem to feel like a deal is coming anytime soon.

“It’ll be a difficult one and probably, if anything, he needs to put together a full season and consistency and all of that,” Jones said. “Obviously played outstanding when he was healthy. DeMarcus Lawrence put together a full, great year and obviously that’s important. So therefore, I think it’d be real difficult to figure out something long-term with David.”

Last year, Irving turned in a career-high seven sacks, but he missed half of the season with a suspension at the beginning and a concussion at the end. The Cowboys are willing to wait and see what Irving can do over the course of a full season since he will be a restricted free agent this offseason. It seems likely that Dallas will place a second-round tender on him, giving Dallas the option to match any offer and the ability to collect a second-round pick should they choose to not match.

Jerry Jones Says Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett is “Not on My Hot Seat”

Jason Garrett isn’t going to find himself on the hot seat. At least not on Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ hot seat, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

“It’s fair for you to ask,” Jones said, “but he’s not on my hot seat.”

Garrett is coming off a 9-7 season in which the Cowboys missed the playoffs for the fifth time in his seven full seasons. But Jones is betting on Garrett to get it turned around.

Jones, who attended Tuesday’s Senior Bowl practices, said he’d like to see Garrett win coach of the year again in 2018 after taking home those honors in 2016.

“I would like for Jason to repeat as Coach of the Year within 24 months,” Jones said. “He’s capable of doing that if we do good next year, be Coach of the Year twice in 24 months. That would be great.”

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.”