Jerry Jones has a lot on his plate. Not only does the Dallas Cowboys owner have big decisions to make regarding tagging and/or re-signing Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Byron Jones and other players, Jerry Jones is also involved in collective bargaining agreement negotiations between the NFL and the NFL Players Association.
The two predicaments, Jones told reporters Thursday night on his bus, are related.
The window to place the franchise and transition tags on impending free agents opened on Thursday and runs through March 12. Because a new CBA has yet to be ratified, the league and all teams are operating under the rules of the most recent CBA, which allows, in the agreement's final year, for teams to use both the franchise and transition tags, instead of just one.
As things stand, Dallas can tag both Prescott and Cooper, but that could all change if the CBA is ratified.
"It's what it is. We'll just have to figure out a way to (get it done)," Jones told Gehlken. "There's no question it's going to put on a bigger angst."
Jones told reporters he feels the same about Prescott as he does about his son and team executive vice president Stephen Jones.
"There's no going forward without Stephen or one of your family members," Jerry Jones said, per Gehlken. "So you've got to get it figured out."
"I think the time is now," Jones said, per Gehlken. "Our chance to compete at a very high level in the NFL is right now."
Here are other notes from Jones' chat with reporters:
-- The Cowboys owner said he was among the owners who voted to approve the CBA proposal last week, adding "the positives outweigh the negatives."