Stephen Jones On The Safety Position: 'We Got To Continue To Work In That Area'


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - In the Cowboys opening press conference two weeks ago, Dallas Cowboys COO Stephen Jones says the club is always open for business.

The Cowboys did just that by signing pass rusher Everson Griffen. And, now, there's another pro bowler available on the free agent market in Earl Thomas. Might they also be interested in signing him, too?

"Just as we didn't talk about Everson (Griffen) until it was done. We found out that works much better for us. As I said, we're in it 365 days a year and we're always looking to get better," Jones said Monday on 105.3 The Fan. "Obviously, it's not very productive for us to talk about anything that might be in the works because it can always work against you."

If he was attempting to conceal the team's interest in Thomas, he might have slipped up a bit at the end of the discussion.

"It shouldn't be a surprise because it's got the least amount of resources committed to it is the safety position. We don't really have any high draft picks or any high paid players. Certainly, we got to continue to work in that area and that's what we'll do."

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy wasn't as subtle with his remarks Monday, as he confirmed with the media that he and Vice President of Player Personnel Will McClay discussed adding Thomas.

He then went on to say make another statement that may apply directly to Thomas' most recent incident that got him kicked out of Baltimore.

"I think the most important question you need to ask," McCarthy said, "is, 'How does a player fit into the locker room?'"

Stephen Jones was asked about how much that player's fit in the locker room matters before they think about acquiring him.

"Whenever we evaluate a player we look at the full body of work. ... Whether it's medical. Whether it's chemistry and culture on our football team. Off the field, on the field. And then the tape, how has that player played as of late. It all goes into the equation, into the mix into how you ultimately decide do you want to go after that player," Jones said on the K&C Masterpiece. "If so, what are you willing to do in terms of the resources, the money. How is it going to help us win?"

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