The Joneses (Cowboys owner Jerry and his son, executive vice president Stephen) held a pre-draft press conference where they discussed this year’s crop of talent and, for some reason, apropos of nothing, issued a defense of their 2008 draft class, which included first rounders Mike Jenkins and Felix Jones.
Jenkins is already gone, after signing a one-year deal with the Raiders. Jones will soon be gone too, but he doesn’t have a deal yet.
“The point Jerry is making on Felix and Jenkins, they were productive guys for us for four years,” Stephen Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. “Felix was our one/two running back and we had him in that role the whole time and Jenkins was a starter for us. We just happened to get Claiborne in the draft and decided that was more of a future, a better future for us, than it was going up and re-upping Jenks for a lot of money.
“But (whether) it was Felix or Jenks, it wouldn’t have saved you any money once they come out of their rookie draft class. You’ve still got to pay them whether it’s yours or your own.”
It’s worth noting that this is pretty much the same argument that Jerry Jones made last week, and they have a point. Dallas did get some nice years out of the pair. We’re just not sure why the Joneses are talking about it now, five years later.
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