Cowboys VP: Team Expects Marinelli Back

Stephen Jones says the team has every intention of hanging on to defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli

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Despite reports suggesting that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is on his way out in Dallas, executive vice president Stephen Jones said this week that the team has every intention of bringing him back in 2015 and beyond.

We fully expect for him to come back,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan. “It certainly would be disappointing if that didn’t happen, but we’re going to go to work and try to extend his contract or get him a new contract so he’ll be a Dallas Cowboy.”

As early as Sunday night, it was being reported that Marinelli would head to Tampa Bay, where he would be reunited with Lovie Smith, with whom he worked in Chicago. Stephen Jones isn’t really buying it, though.

“I can’t imagine anybody has a deal right now, because that would be tampering,” Jones said. “We have a three-day window here that we have exclusive negotiating rights with our coaches, so I know no one in this league would ever tamper.”

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