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Stephen Jones: "We're Still Up Against" the Cap

Jones says the Cowboys cap situation this year will be "very similar" to last year

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We suppose the good thing about the Cowboys being up against the cap every year is that they’ve gotten pretty good at maneuvering their way under it.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones told reporters this week at the Senior Bowl that, yes, Dallas’ cap situation will be “very similar” to last year. But he expressed confidence that, also like last year, the team would have no problem making the necessary moves to slide under the cap before the March 15 deadline.

It’ll limit you,” Jones said of the cap, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “At the same time, I think we can manage to get through it, get done what we need to get done and get better. ... I think we’ll always manage through it, but we’re still in a tight situation after coming off the penalties and things like that. We’re still up against it.”

Owner Jerry Jones has come to think of this annual salary cap scramble as a necessary evil, an inevitable product of his willingness to spend big. Stephen, like Jerry, is just fine with this trade-off.

“Totally support it," the younger Jones said. “Obviously, we’re trying to win. You get these good quarterbacks, you want to give them every opportunity to get the right guys around them, put the right guys around them in all three phases to win a championship. Obviously, that’s what we want to get done.”

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