Stephen Jones Comments on Cowboys Failing to Sign Zay Jones

The Dallas Cowboys missed out on signing Zay Jones, who picked up a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) runs to the sideline before an NFL football game
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) runs to the sideline before an NFL football game / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA

The offseason has not been too kind to the Dallas Cowboys, who haven’t done much in free agency, outside of signing Eric Kendricks and Ezekiel Elliott

Both players will give Dallas depth at key positions, but neither guy should be expected to be a game-breaker at this stage of their careers. Along with running back and linebacker spots, the Cowboys are looking for a competent WR3 to pair alongside CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks.

The Cowboys were one of the teams interested in veteran receiver Zay Jones. The 29-year-old Jones was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars at the beginning of May but signed a one-year deal on Friday with the Arizona Cardinals.

For the Cowboys, it was another failed attempt by the team to upgrade a position of need this offseason. Dallas EVP Stephen Jones was asked about the team’s interest in the veteran wide receiver and gave a surprising response about the team’s WR unit.

“Anytime you got a chance to add a pro, you look at it and see,” Jones said (h/t ESPN’s Todd Archer). “But we like our group. If we think somebody can improve us, we’ll take a look at it.”

Jones gave a standard answer that most team executives give when discussing a prospective free agent. However, he gave a somewhat glowing endorsement of the team’s current wideout unit that features Lamb and Cooks.

If the Cowboys do not find a solid WR3 option in free agency, the team will look for Jalen Tolbert to step up this summer. The 25-year-old Tolbert was drafted in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

After not doing much as a rookie in 2022, the former South Alabam wide receiver produced 22 receptions (36 targets) for 268 yards and two touchdowns. This is a make-or-break summer for the young wide receiver as the Cowboys are looking to contend immediately.

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