Stephen Jones acknowledged the Cowboys paid “a little extra” to move up in the second round and take defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence in a trade with the Washington Redskins.
But he said there were so few defensive right ends, the Cowboys believed it was worth it to swap second-round picks (the Redskins’ No. 34 and the Cowboys’ 47) and throw in their third-round pick (No. 78) to get the pass rusher from Boise State.
“It’s always painful to give up a pick. I mean, you don’t like it. I don’t like it,” Jones said in a conversation with reporters at Valley Ranch. “But you know, you also got to look at reality – a little bit between not having a ton of cap space for free agency and then, you know, having a limited number of right ends. And, you know, we a little bit felt motivated to go get the guy we liked.
“He fit right in. I mean, in terms of where we had him, he fits perfectly. But in terms of having to give up an extra pick, that part is a little tougher. But we felt like it was worth it. Especially a pass rusher.”
The Cowboys began working on the trade Thursday night after the first round was complete. Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys believed the best pass rushers available were going to go quickly.
Jones said it required giving up “a little more than the charts read out.”
“As we all know, that can happen sometimes when you want some guy, and we really wanted this guy,” he said.
Jones said the Cowboys and Redskins talked about the trade all day on Friday.
“We have a good relationship with the Redskins,” he said. “We worked through the day on some things, and it eventually got time to start, and we sweetened the pot a little bit and got the deal done.”
-- Carlos Mendez