Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones says the team was never really close to signing free agent safety Eric Weddle, one of the bigger names on the market this offseason and a player who listed the Cowboys as one of the final four teams he would decide between.
In the end, Weddle chose the Ravens, who gave him a four-year, $26 million deal, half of which is guaranteed money. Jones insists Dallas was never near those kind of numbers.
“I guess you could say he's high profile, but we weren't close to the numbers he signed at,” Jones said, per David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. “We weren’t.”
Maybe the best thing the Cowboys had going for them in terms of trying to land Weddle was the presence of special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, who knows the veteran safety well from their years in San Diego.
“I think he was interested in us,” Jones said. “There is a relationship there with Bisaccia, so we had good knowledge of the player. But I can't necessarily say we were very close.”