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Cowboys: Free agency snapshot

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IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has no intention of firing Jerry Jones the general manager.

Never mind that the Cowboys have gone four straight years without making the playoffs and have had an 8-8 record in each of the past three years.

The Cowboys have just one playoff win since 1997 and have a 136-136 during that span yet Jones said the general manager is not the problem. He also said people make too big of a deal about the general manager because the owner makes all the tough decisions.

In the Cowboys case, he is both.

"I think, for whatever the reason, in the NFL, we make a lot of the GM title, when in fact, it ought to be said, 'Look, who is it that ultimately makes the decisions regarding a coach or ultimately, ultimately makes the decision regarding a player?'," Jones said. "Well, if you look at it, this is pro football and that's a financial decision. And as it would turn out, we're in a system that causes you to ultimately have to answer financially because it's called the salary cap, so somebody has got to make that decision. If you really wanted to say, whose being the biggest influence, it might not even be the general manager, it might be the person allocating the salary cap. Just that alone is more of an ownership function -- the dollar -- than probably most things on the team.

"Now, that's more than you want to hear, but the bottom line is that I understand the criticism and we're going to continue to work and try to take this team to where we all want to go, and that is competing for a Super Bowl."

Kicker Dan Bailey signed a seven-year deal with the Cowboys that keeps him from being a restricted free agent in March.

Bailey, 25, signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and has made 88 of 98 field-goal attempts.

During that span, Bailey has a franchise-best eight game-winning field goals.


--OG Ryan Cook

--DT Jason Hatcher

--DE Edgar Jones

--QB Jon Kitna

--S Danny McCray

--LB Ernie Sims

--DE Anthony Spencer

--G Brian Waters

--DE Jarius Wynn
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