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Where Cowboys stand on contract extensions, DeAndre Hopkins and more as minicamp begins

Jerry and Stephen Jones also discussed the Ring of Honor and the team’s kicking situation with Tristan Vizcaino.

FRISCO — Jerry Jones spoke of potential extensions for key players and judiciously looking to add a player or two before the start of training camp. One will be at kicker.

He then made it known he has no intention of adding anyone to the Ring of Honor at this time.

Sorry, Jimmy Johnson. The wait continues.


Jones spoke to the media after addressing a group of youth, middle and high school coaches attending a one-day teaching clinic at the Ford Center. One hour earlier, executive vice president Stephen Jones met with reporters.


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The Cowboys will conduct a three-day minicamp at The Star beginning Tuesday. That’s the final function as a team until everyone reconvenes in late July to fly to Southern California for training camp.


It’s been a productive and successful offseason for the organization. But a few, unresolved items hang out there for the club before the upcoming hiatus. That’s what Monday’s housekeeping session with the media was about.

Here is what Jerry and Stephen Jones had to say on a variety of topics.

Jerry Jones will tell you if he has a piece of paper in front of him and a pencil in hand, he’s noodling around looking at different models for contracts. It’s a constant.


“If you’re not thinking ahead and looking around the corner about where you’re going to be with your finances, months and years down the road, you’re asleep,’’ the team patriarch said.

Receiver CeeDee Lamb, cornerback Trevon Diggs and pass rusher Micah Parsons are young players who are about to strike it big. The same goes for right tackle Terence Steele. Reworking and extending the contract of quarterback Dak Prescott is essential.

The ideal scenario would be for the Cowboys to have one or two of these players commit to a long-term deal before the season is underway. If not?

“It is not imperative for me to wrap anything up at any particular period of time,’’ Jerry Jones said. “We’ve got it right now where we can go to camp and have our year based on where we are contractually.’’

Diggs and running back Tony Pollard, who is playing on the franchise tag, hit free agency at the end of this season. Lamb and Pollard come up after that. Whenever Prescott is extended it will free up more cap space immediately.

Stephen Jones said he’s touched base with the representatives for all of these players and adds there’s no specific order for how they’ll be addressed. It’s about getting something done when the opportunity arises.

“Our goal would be hopefully to start to chip away at this,’’ Stephen Jones said. “There are guys that need to be addressed as we move forward but our focus is also on 2023.’’


The Cowboys are in good shape there.

Tristan Vizcaino is the only field goal kicker on the Cowboys’ roster.

He’ll have competition once training camp gets underway next month. But Jerry Jones stressed they continue to look at options and nothing is imminent.

“We don’t have anything that’s dialed in, ready to go now,’’ Stephen Jones added.


The club will continue to monitor options in the United States Football League. The fact the Cowboys haven’t signed one of the veteran options on the free agent market — Robbie Gould and Mason Crosby top the list — is a clear indication they’re looking elsewhere.

“We don’t see the guy that we want to trigger on yet,’’ Stephen Jones said.

There are 22 members of the Ring of Honor. Gil Brandt was the last to be enshrined in 2018.

Jerry Jones said he has no plans to add anyone this season.


“No,’’ he said. “None.

“Will I look at that later as we get on into the year? Of course, obviously, we’ve got DeMarcus (Ware) that is front and center here.’’

Jones was referring to Ware’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. But the will-he-or-won’t he drama involving Johnson continues.


The Cowboys rarely shut the door on any possibility, but they came close when asked about free agent receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Stephen Jones pointed to the acquisition of veteran receiver Brandin Cooks earlier this offseason and talked about how pleased he is with the receiving group.

And Jerry Jones?

“While we don’t dismiss any possibility,’’ he said, “it’s unlikely.’’


The same applies to a return for running back Ezekiel Elliott, even though Jerry Jones saying Elliott is evaluating his opportunities and Dallas is doing the same is sure to fan those flames.

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