Don’t buy into the claim that the Cowboys are looking to move running back Felix Jones.
The Cowboys are denying a report that Jones is on the trade block, a claim that was made Tuesday by Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas.
Responding to an ESPN Dallas story on Tuesday that stated the team had “internal discussions” about trading Jones, executive vice president Stephen Jones said, “No discussions – or speculation – on the possibility of a trade involving Felix Jones have ever taken place among individuals in this organization who would have the authority to explore such a scenario. Any reports of apparent internal discussions along those lines would involve people who have no input or relevance in the process.”
Jones has started just 16 of 48 games over the last four seasons. Jones averaged 6.5 yards per carry, including a league-high 5.9 yards per carry in 2009, with six touchdowns over his first two seasons before taking on a full-time role. Since then, Jones has averaged a respectable 4.4 yards per carry with just two touchdowns.
Last season third round pick DeMarco Murray took over Jones’ spot on the depth chart and the team is also high on Phillip Tanner, an undrafted free agent out of Middle Tennessee State.
Jones s in the final year of his rookie contract. In other words, while the Cowboys are saying all the right things now about keeping Jones, stay tuned to this situation.