Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) against the Cincinnati Bengals during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys’ interest in Odell Beckham Jr. hasn’t waned

Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys remain interested in landing Odell Beckham Jr. despite the free agent receiver’s removal from a recent flight.

“His overall team compatibility, his judgment, his behavior is not an issue with him,” the Cowboys owner said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “It is with many. It isn’t with him.”

Jones said Beckham is scheduled to visit with the Cowboys (8-3) this Monday, which is after three-time Pro Bowl selection is reportedly meeting with the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills.

“I think we’re moving full steam ahead,” Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday when asked about the pursuit of Beckham.

Beckham, sidelined since tearing his ACL in last year’s Super Bowl win, was removed from a flight on Sunday at the Miami International Airport.

Police said Beckham was “in and out of consciousness” and refused to deplane when asked. Beckham’s attorney, Daniel Davillier, said his client was asleep and the incident was caused by an “overzealous” flight attendant.

Beckham, 30, has 531 career catches for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 games with the Giants (2014-18), Cleveland Browns (2019-21) and Los Angeles Rams (2021).

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(File photo) Free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) grabs a touchdown pass against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Daryl Worley (28) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones floats idea of adding Odell Beckham Jr. to Cowboys

Cowboys wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.? Dallas owner Jerry Jones sure likes the imagery of OBJ being fitted for a star helmet.

“Odell is someone that we have all the appreciation in the world for what he is as a competitor. I know the Cowboys star on that helmet when he puts it on could look pretty good,” Jones said Tuesday morning in a radio interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

Beckham Jr. is an unrestricted free agent and a familiar one to the Cowboys from his days wearing No. 13 for the New York Giants. His miraculous one-handed catch near the front, right corner of the endzone remains a popular highlight and happened against the Cowboys.

Jones was vocal about moving on from his previous No. 1 wide receiver in Dallas, Amari Cooper, saying his play didn’t match his pay.

CeeDee Lamb is in that role for the Cowboys after Cooper was traded to the Cleveland Browns in the offseason.

Beckham has been linked to multiple teams as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered during the playoffs. He exited the Los Angeles Rams’ win in the Super Bowl in February with the injury, but said recently he believes the tear took place before that game.

The Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Giants, Cowboys, Rams and others have been linked to Beckham.

It’s unclear when he plans to sign and take the requisite physical, but NFL Network reported this week no decision is expected until around Thanksgiving.

Beckham tore the ACL in the same knee in 2020 with the Browns. He joined the Rams midway through the 2021 season. He was down to two teams: the Rams and Packers.

He caught a touchdown in the first quarter for the first score of Super Bowl LVI and finished with two catches for 52 yards as Los Angeles beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection had 305 receiving yards and five touchdowns for the Rams in eight regular-season games.

He has 531 receptions for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 games (91 starts) with the Giants (2014-18), Browns (2019-21) and Rams.

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Nov 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (10) and quarterback Dak Prescott (4) before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones: Cowboys to test Dak Prescott’s ‘spin’ Wed.

Dak Prescott could get the thumbs up for Week 6, but only if he passes the spin test.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday the doubt around Prescott is whether he has enough hand and grip strength in his right thumb to spin the ball with the velocity needed to throw passes on target. If he can, Jones and the Cowboys should get Prescott back in the lineup Sunday with the NFC East lead on the line against the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles (5-0).

“He’s gotta really be able to spin the ball,” Jones said. “We’ll start working on that Wednesday real hard. We know Dak Prescott can play, but can he spin the ball?”

Backup Cooper Rush spun a four-game winning streak since replacing the injured Prescott. Dallas scored a defensive touchdown to down the Los Angeles Rams last week and improve to 4-1, firmly in second place in the division by virtue of a head-to-head win over the 4-1 New York Giants.

Grip was the issue for Prescott last week. He attempted to strengthen his hand and right thumb following the removal of a stitch left over from surgery last month. But Prescott couldn’t keep the ball locked in with his grip and continued in the rehab phase.

Jones said there is no thought from the franchise that Rush would remain in the lineup even after Prescott is fully cleared.

“When we get him back, that’ll be a real additive. We’ll be a mess (for opponents) if we can keep playing defense like this,” Jones said.

Defense has driven the Cowboys’ rise in the standings.

Dallas ranks first in quarterback hits, is tied for first in rushing touchdowns allowed (1), second in sacks (20) and third in points allowed per game (14.3).

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Oct 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) on the field before the game against the Washington Commanders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott can’t grip football ‘well enough to play’

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Dak Prescott’s thumb is improving but the quarterback still can’t grip a football “well enough to play.”

Jones made the comments during an interview on Audacy’s 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

“Well, I know that it’s better, and I know that he’s going to go out there every day and make progress towards being able to grip the ball,” Jones said on the show.

When asked if Prescott can grip a football now, Jones answered, “No, not well enough to play.”

Prescott is scheduled to meet with doctors later Tuesday.

“I don’t know that you could ask for better news technically, physically in how it’s responding, how it’s healing so to speak,” Jones said. “So all of those things are on go and I don’t know that as we bid bye to each day if considering the injury, considering the location of the injury, I don’t know that you could make any more progress. There’s some things here about healing that again I often say only the man upstairs knows how that works, but he’ll have a big week and he’ll be hard on himself getting it ready to go.”

Prescott has not been ruled out for this week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, but both Jones and head coach Mike McCarthy want a full week of practice with Prescott before turning him loose.

“We need to have that process before we (go) in a ballgame,” Jones said. “Can’t eliminate the week’s work and be ready to go, especially not at quarterback.”

Prescott said last week he’s targeting this week to return after fracturing his thumb in the team’s Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was projected to miss six weeks.

Cooper Rush has led the Cowboys to three straight wins in Prescott’s absence. With Sunday’s win, Rush became the first Cowboys QB to win the first four starts of his career. He went 1-0 in 2021.

–Field Level Media

Aug 18, 2022; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyler Smith (73) and offensive tackle Matt Waletzko (71) stretch during joint practice against the Los Angeles Chargers at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys to entrust untested rookie at left tackle

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones resisted the urge to make a trade to fix the left tackle spot, anchored in the belief he has the man for the job on the roster.

Jones said the Cowboys considered all options — presumably including a trade — when they learned Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith would miss months with a knee injury. Moving All-Pro guard Zack Martin, a tackle at Notre Dame who has played left tackle in an emergency for the Cowboys, wasn’t a thought this time around.

That’s because Jones said the Cowboys ultimately settled on rookie first-round pick Tyler Smith, even though the untested 21-year-old has never practiced there with the team.

“We’ve got to get him out here and get him practiced here over the next couple of weeks relative to any issue he had with a little high-ankle (sprain),” Jones said. “But we don’t think that’s serious enough to limit his preparation. Now, what is the case is he hasn’t been there at left tackle. He is a rookie. But he’s a first-round pick and he deserved to be a first-round pick in my mind. And so we knew — we just didn’t want it to come any earlier than it needed — but we knew we had to get ready to replace our left tackle and he was the pick.”

Tyler Smith was projected to be a guard in the NFL by Field Level Media’s draft analysts entering the 2022 NFL Draft. He entered the draft as an underclassman and won with upper-body strength and raw power at Tulsa, but “athletic limitations might be exposed outside” at tackle, per the FLM pre-draft scouting report.

Dallas has had success turning out consistent performers drafted in the first round — Martin was picked No. 16 in 2014, Tyron Smith went ninth in 2011 — and Smith went No. 24 overall.

The Cowboys open the season at home Sept. 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

–Field Level Media

Jul 26, 2022; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at training camp press conference at the River Ridge Fields.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones: ‘I need to win’ Super Bowl, Cowboys must be ‘viable’ in playoffs

Jerry Jones stopped short of saying “Super Bowl or bust,” but the longtime owner of the Dallas Cowboys described the high expectations he had for his team when meeting with reporters Tuesday.

“Well, I need to win (another Super Bowl). I need to win it, but I’ll be candid with you, there’s degrees,” Jones said as Cowboys training camp opened in Oxnard, Calif. “I want to be fair to everybody concerned. We need to be in the playoffs. We need to be viable in the playoffs for it to be a successful season.”

Jones turns 80 in October. His franchise last won a Lombardi Trophy in the 1995 season, and the 26-year drought is the longest in team history.

“I told them I’ve got a birthday coming up here real quick and I don’t have time to have a bad time,” Jones said. “It ain’t on my schedule.”

After missing the playoffs in 2019 and 2020, the Cowboys won the NFC East last season with a 12-5 record before losing their wild-card round game to the San Francisco 49ers.

Quarterback Dak Prescott ran out of time to get off one final play before the clock expired on a 23-17 loss. Prescott later said the Cowboys “definitely underachieved, and it sucks.”

Jones expressed confidence in coach Mike McCarthy as he enters his third season coaching Dallas. The owner added that his team’s recent close calls “sustain” him.

“What you have is somebody that wants to go again and feels like we’ve got the tools to win it,” Jones said of his level of satisfaction. “We won 12 games last year. I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t get a little bit of feel-good out of those 12 games. I understand where our fans are. They should understand where I am. That’s not enough, but it’s enough to go again.”

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Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones

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Jerry Jones: Dallas is a one-team NFL city

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to quash any notion of a second NFL franchise moving to his city.

Just last week, Mayor Eric Johnson issued a tweet inviting the Los Angeles Chargers to move to Texas following news of a legal squabble between members of the Spanos family, which owns the team. In his tweet, he invited the team and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to check out the city.

“Southern Dallas is the fresh start the @Chargers need! Several sites, including @cottonbowlstad and Hensley Field, would be ideal locations for a state of the art practice facility and world headquarters or stadium. We’re ready for the @NFL in @CityOfDallas!”

Jones isn’t on board.

“Well, I like the mayor,” Jones told the Dallas Morning News. “I like him personally, but he doesn’t have the depth. He doesn’t have the knowledge that others have regarding how unique Dallas is and how we enjoy the interest in the Cowboys. He wouldn’t want to water that down as it relates to Dallas if he knew as much, and has spent as much time in sports as I have.”

Jones bought the Cowboys in 1989 for almost $150 million. Before the start of the 2021 season, Forbes valued the franchise at $6.5 billion. The Cowboys play outside Dallas in the suburb of Arlington.

Jones doesn’t sound too worried about the possibility of sharing his city. He said it never would get league approval, anyway.

“You can be rest assured that you would not have the NFL supporting another team because of the kind of value that the game and the NFL receives of having (the) Dallas Cowboys as one of its marquee teams and again, logic tells you (the NFL) wouldn’t want to water that down.”

The only markets with two NFL teams are New York, a situation created by the AFL/NFL merger, and Los Angeles, where the Chargers have been second-fiddle to the Rams since moving north from San Diego in 2017.

–Field Level Media

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was taken to the hospital in a precautionary measure after he was involved in a "minor" car accident.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in traffic collision, but not seriously hurt

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was involved in a minor traffic collision in Dallas Wednesday night, but several sources report he was not seriously injured.

Jones was taken to Parkland Hospital as a precaution after the collision. Jones’ son, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, confirmed via text to ESPN that his father had returned home after a brief hospital stay.

Dallas station WFAA reported that Jones, 79, was in an accident just before 8:10 p.m. CT in the Uptown neighborhood.

Police did not release details of the collision. It is not clear if Jones was driving or how many vehicles were involved.

Jones has owned the Cowboys since February of 1989.

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Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones

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Woman drops lawsuit against Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

A woman who alleges that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is her biological father has dropped her lawsuit.

Alexandra Davis, 25, said she now wants to verify her claim through genetic testing, according to court papers filed in Dallas on Wednesday and obtained by the Dallas Morning News.

“Alexandra has just decided that she wants to go ahead and proceed with parentage and DNA testing,” said Jay Gray, one of her attorneys. “She wants to remove any doubts that Jerry’s her father.”

In her lawsuit, Davis alleged that Jones paid her mother $375,000 in 1996 to keep silent about the child’s paternity.

Court filings by Jones’ attorneys had sought to dismiss the lawsuit, but did not address the paternity claim.

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Oct 3, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the field before the game against the Carolina Panthers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones sued by woman who says he is her father

A 25-year-old Washington, D.C., woman filed suit against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, alleging that he is her father, the Dallas Morning News and ESPN reported Wednesday.

Alexandra Davis, a Congressional aide for U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), alleges that Jones paid her mother $375,000 in 1996 to keep silent about the child’s paternity, though Jones did not admit to being the father. Jones also allegedly set up two trust funds for the girl through an attorney in Arkansas, where Cynthia Davis, the child’s mother, lived.

Alexandra Davis is asking the court in Dallas County to rule that the agreement between her mother and Jones is unenforceable in Texas and to confirm that Jones is her father.

According to the Morning News, a hearing is scheduled for March 31.

A spokesman for Jones declined comment. Cynthia Davis also refused to comment to the Morning News.

Jones has been married to his wife, Gene, since 1963. Cynthia Davis was also married at the time of the purported affair but was estranged from her then husband, per the reports.

Jones has a $10.7 billion net worth, according to Forbes, with his holdings headed by the Cowboys. The NFL team is valued by Forbes at $5.7 billion, making it the most valuable sports team in the world, with only the New York Yankees ($5.2 billion) and the New York Knicks ($5 billion) also worth at least $5 billion.

Spanish soccer giants FC Barcelona ($4.76 billion) and Real Madrid ($4.75 billion) are next on the list.

–Field Level Media