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Stephen Jones Not Worried About Negotiations With Claiborne

Stephen Jones says the team is just working through some details in the language of Mo Claiborne's rookie deal



    Four of the Dallas Cowboys’ seven draft picks from the class of 2012 have been signed, and executive vice president Stephen Jones expects two of the three stragglers--fourth rounders Kyle Wilber and Matt Johnson--to be inked by the end of this week. This will leave first round pick Morris Claiborne as the only pick to be signed, but Jones isn’t worried about it.

    All that stands in between Dallas and a deal with Claiborne, Jones said recently, is a few details, including so-called “offset language”--which safeguards a team in case a player is cut. For instance, if a player is due $5 million under his contract with Team A and (after he’s cut) Team B signs him for $3 million, Team A owes just $2 million on the original deal. 2011 first round pick Tyron Smith reportedly has such a clause in his deal.

    "There are some details to work though," Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. "That's what we're doing, but I don't see any reason to be alarmed or concerned."

    As David Moore of the Morning News points out today, the rookie wage scale has simplified the process to the point that Dallas--usually late-comers in terms of signing draft picks--is well ahead schedule.

    "It's a different system," Jones said. "With the rookie system now and the wage scale, there's not the negotiating that there's been in the past. It's just kind of when they want to come in and do it.

    "Some guys want to go and put it behind them and maybe some of their agents want to start going on vacation."

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