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January 22, 2014

Stephen Jones on Cowboys' cap situation: 'It'll limit you ... We're still up against it'

The Cowboys will operate under a tight salary-cap situation, but it won’t be much worse than last year and they will find a way to operate, said executive vice president Stephen Jones.

“It’ll limit you,” he said Wednesday at the Senior Bowl. “At the same time, I think we can manage to get through it, get done what we need to get done and get better. … I think we’ll always manage through it, but we’re still in a tight situation after coming off the penalties and things like that.

“We’re still up against it.”

Asked if it will be as tight as last spring, Jones said, “Very similar.”

Monday at the Senior Bowl, owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys will always have tight salary caps because of their aggressive spending.

Stephen Jones said he is not any less aggressive than his father in that philosophy.

“Totally support it,” he said. “Obviously, we’re trying to win. You get these good quarterbacks, you want to give them every opportunity to get the right guys around them, put the right guys around them in all three phases to win a championship. Obviously, that’s what we want to get done.”

The Cowboys signed quarterback Tony Romo to an extension last spring that could guaranteed him $55 million and could value $108 million. His cap number for next season is $21.773 million.

“Any time you’re paying a quarterback that type of money – which you hope you are, because it means you’ve got a good one – it immediately means things will be tight,” Jones said.

-- Carlos Mendez

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