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January 22, 2014

Cowboys working on long-term deal with Bailey, says Stephen Jones: 'We're optimistic about that'

Executive vice president Stephen Jones said the Cowboys are working on a long-term contract for restricted free agent Dan Bailey, the most accurate kicker in team history.

“Bailey’s restricted, so for all practical purposes, he’s not going anywhere,” Jones said Wednesday at the Senior Bowl. “Our goal is to get him signed to a long-term deal. We’re actually in pretty serious talks with him, so we’re optimistic about that.”

Bailey, undrafted in 2011 out of Oklahoma State, where he won the Lou Groza Award, has made 89 of 98 kicks (90.8) for the Cowboys in three seasons. He also leads the franchise in game-winning kicks, with eight.

One day after the season ended, Bailey said, “This is a great place to kick. It’s obviously a first-class organization. I can’t really see any negatives to playing here.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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