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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones did not dismiss the possibility of Dez Bryant returning but the torn Achilles is a bigger factor than any issues the receiver had after he was cut. “The very best of Dez is what I remember,” he said. “I remember a lot of good things (that) far overshadow the negatives for me as a player. Now the question is can he perform and can he be overcome that injury and can he get in the kind of shape that it takes to be available?” Bryant Is 31 and has not played since Dec. 31, 2017.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

It sounds like Jimmy Johnson will be in the Ring of Honor soon, just not 2020. “We have such a big year ahead of us with Jimmy, and his (Hall of Fame) celebration, I want that to be the focus, period,” Jerry Jones said. “Everybody says ‘Is that the right order of things?' Well, Coach Landry was in the Hall of Fame before the Ring of Honor. Here we've got the two greatest coaches in history of the Cowboys, so they can go in the same order.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones believes Jason Witten can still play and help the Cowboys but a potential hold up could be the tight end's role. He doesn't want to see Witten in another uniform. "I would hope that he would not ever be anything but a Cowboy," Jones said. "It's meaningful. He's at the top right there."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones acknowledges the new CBA would not be best for the Cowboys because of losing the ability to tag Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper but said the agreement is too good to pass up because of the long-term implications. "It's critical we recognize where we are with timing," Jones said in reference to future issues pertaining to ratings, economy and other factors. He mentioned the challenge he faced 31 years ago when he bought the team but how it worked out for the long term.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Gruden, on replacing D-line coach Brentson Buckner with Rod Marinelli: "That was a tough one because I think Buckner is a good coach, really good coach, but I just happen to think Marinelli is the best in the world at what he does...he has a great presence about him, he has a great leadership trait. His technical way to help players is incredible."

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Gruden, on Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams: "We felt we added one of the best receivers in the league a year ago and he had frozen feet, and then we thought we had the best free agent receiver and he had fried feet from plantar fasciitis. So, the feet were a problem for us last year so we would like to add a great receiver, certainly, but we still threw for a lot of yards."

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Gruden, when asked if putting more pieces around Derek Carr will help his improvement: "I think you never stay the same, you either get better or worse, and at quarterback sometimes you get better because of your experience in the system. Sometimes you get better because of your supporting cast and sometimes you get better because the play calling is better. So, we've got to continue to improve at that position and we're set out to do that no matter how we do it."

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Gruden, on Derek Carr: "I really think Derek is a heck of a player and I got a lot of respect for what he has done with some tough circumstances. So, I'm not going to answer every media rumor out there. I just can't do it. I'm just going to listen to my Sirius Rock n' Roll classic vinyl and keep working. But I love what Derek Carr brings to our team and anxious to continue to build around him."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

An example of the verbiage changes coming on the Cowboys' O: “They had 30 series runs,” Mike McCarthy said. “Just to give you an example, 35 Wolf … If Wolf is a 6-man blocking scheme, we'll call it 63 Wolf - six-man blocking, at the three hole, wolf is the concept. If the tight end is not in the game, we'd call it 53, but then if there's two tight ends, we'll call it 73. So we're going to call how many blockers. We're going to be more detailed in the variations of how we call it.”

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor DT James Lynch had nothing but great things to say at the NFL Combine about his former defensive coordinator (Phil Snow) and head coach (Matt Rhule), now with the Panthers. On Rhule: ". . . You're ready to run through a brick wall for him. Whatever he says, he has that vision, and it's vision for you, so it makes you want to buy into it.'' On Snow: "He is the smartest man I've ever met dealing with college football.''

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith is confident the players will approve the agreed upon CBA but acknowledged some players are not pleased by saying "democracy is messy." He did not put a timetable on when the full player vote will happen.