Jerry Jones used a bizarre analogy involving a nearly severed hand to describe Cowboys' contract negotiations with star players

AP Photo/David J. PhillipDallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
  • The Dallas Cowboys are in the middle of negotiating new contracts with three of their biggest stars – Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper.
  • On Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones used a bizarre analogy to describe the situation, comparing it to a hypothetical car wreck that left someone with a nearly-severed hand.
  • Prescott and Cooper are both already at Cowboys training camp as negotiations continue, while Elliott has yet to report.
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The Dallas Cowboys have quite a few big financial decisions to make before the start of the 2019 NFL season.

As the season nears, quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, and wide receiver Amari Cooper are still looking for new contracts with the Cowboys. Each is hoping to become one of the highest-paid players at their respective positions.

On Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked about the ongoing negotiations and employed a somewhat befuddling analogy to describe his current situation.

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“Picture you were a driver of a car and you had a wreck and your hand was almost severed off, but you didn’t understand your anatomy,” Jones said, according to The Dallas Morning News. “You look down, you’re spurting blood, you open the door, and run to the woods, and either die bleeding to death or shock. The educated man looks down, knows his anatomy, squeezes and knows his best chance is to wait for help. That’s because he’s been there a lot and done that. So I’m squeezing and waiting for help.”

Jones seems to be saying that he knows not to panic and make any rash decisions that he would later regret.

“It’s not like me going out here and buying something that I have to decide whether I want to just spend to have that,” Jones later said, per ESPN. “That’s not it at all. It’s that I’ve got to realise that I can let a DeMarcus Ware out of here because I don’t have enough money because I paid it to too many others.”

For now, Jones seems confident that the necessary deals will be made to ensure that all three of his star players remain in Dallas for some time. However, their season opener against the New York Giants is a different story.

Both Prescott and Cooper are already at training camp, but Elliott is still holding out on his own. Asked if the team had made any significant progress on a potential deal with the 2018 NFL leading rusher, Jones said “Not really. Not at all.”

No matter how the negotiations are eventually resolved, let’s hope that everyone involved leaves with both hands intact.

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