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Jerry Jones talks state of Cowboys aboard Elegant Lady

Envy the Dallas-area beat reporters in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. On Saturday, several got the chance to hop on The Elegant Lady.

That's the Dallas Cowboys' ridiculous luxury bus, of course. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones welcomed the scribes for a question-and-answer session that effectively served as a state of the union address.

Some highlights, courtesy of Ed Werder of ESPN and Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News:

» First off, let's give you an idea of the scene:

Jerrah is the best.

» Jason Garrett's rope is getting shorter: "There's a lot of resolve here, but not a lot of patience. Jason senses that." Translation: Get to the postseason ... or else.

» Tony Romo is in line to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season, but Jones expects Romo to play his entire career in Dallas. He said the team won't "do something really adverse or distasteful" if they can't get an extension done by the start of the new league year on March 12.

» Jones reasons that the Cowboys can get by with lesser talent along the offensive line because of Romo's expert mobility. When forced to choose, the team will invest more resources in wide receivers and tight ends.

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» Speaking of the salary cap and wide receivers, Jones said Miles Austin and nose tackle Jay Ratliff won't be cap casualties: "They're not that. ... Miles is very much in our plans." (Ian Rapoport reported earlier Saturday that Austin wasn't a cut candidate.)

» Jones sounds resigned to losing outside linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer if he hits the open market: "The number I have in mind is much less than he's going to take."

» Jones said Garrett will decide who calls plays this season. Then again, he later added: "Bill Callahan will have most certainly a more significant role than he had last year."

We'll let you know if The Elegant Lady delivers another siren call.

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