Trader Jerry has not left Cowboys

INDIANAPOLIS – Last year marked the first time in Jerry Jones’ time as Cowboys owner and general manager that he did not make a trade during the draft.

But that doesn’t mean Jones has turned over a new leaf when it comes to draft strategy and will sit tight during this April’s three-day draft.

“There’s an old adage I have that your phone is ringing to ask you for the trade, then that’s when you ought to trade,” Jones said Sunday from the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. “If you do the calling, then you’re in trouble. We just didn’t get the opportunities like we had in the past.”

There was one opportunity and it came in the first round when Jacksonville wanted the No. 9 overall pick to select quarterback Blaine Gabbert and offered the 16th and 49th picks. The Cowboys passed and Washington made the same trade a spot later.

The Cowboys took Tyron Smith instead. They attempted to trade back into the first round and eyed a number of players, like Mark Ingram, Danny Watkins and Cameron Heyward, without success.

“We certainly wouldn’t try to revisit that and do something different than taking Tyron,” Jones said.