Jones: We have the ‘will’ to get a deal done

DALLAS — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been like a proud father this week. He was hoping, of course, that his team would be playing a home game in Super Bowl XLV, but he has been making the rounds all week basking in the excitement of hosting the game in majestic Cowboys Stadium.

“I’m proud to be hosting this game and I’m really looking forward to it,” Jones said during a live chat Thursday afternoon on NFL.com. “We’re going to have a real great game.”

Jones was asked plenty of questions about the stadium, also fielding questions about the current labor situation, the upcoming Super Bowl and, of course, his own team.

“I know the will is there to get it done,” Jones said about the ability for the league and the NFLPA to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. “What I want our fans to remember is that we don’t have any meaningful time before the season starts. I know there are OTAs and such, but this is a difficult process and we will work to get it done. There is enough will and enough importance to get a deal done without missing a lot of football.”

Asked about what the Cowboys – coming off a disappointing 6-10 season – need to do in the offseason, Jones said: “We were pretty proud of our personnel at the start of last season, but we know we have to turn things over a bit as all teams do. We’ll look for the best player available (in the draft). But I like where we are at QB, WR, and RB, so apart from those positions, I would look for (best available players) at other positions.”

Jones admitted that while his team missed the chance to play in a Super Bowl at home, he’d gladly play in next year’s game in Indianapolis. “Of course that’s a huge goal of ours after we stunk it up this year and didn’t get to play the Super Bowl in our home stadium,” he said. “But I’ll take it next year!”

For the complete chat, click here.

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