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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Jerry Jones: Can't dismiss Felix Jones' return

By Calvin Watkins

PHOENIX -- Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he's open to bringing former first-round pick Felix Jones back to the team if the free agent is still available.

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Felix Jones showed flashes at time, but injuries hampered his ability to have a bigger impact. Now a free agent, Felix Jones has yet to visit with any NFL teams.

"We've got to look at the backup backfield," Jerry Jones said. "You can't dismiss Felix. I don't want to dismiss him from our thinking."

The backup running backs to DeMarco Murray currently are Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar.

"Dunbar is pretty impressive when you look back (on his season)," Jerry Jones said. "When he got his chances, he did real well. He was in some pretty critical situations. He's got a real receiver knack. He can find the soft spot. He gives us an alternative. He's going to have to make the contribution on special teams. It's hard not to have that third back be a special teams contributor."

Felix Jones is not a special teams contributor, but he's someone, if healthy, who could have an impact.

"I didn't expect Felix to have some of the physical limitations that he's had," Jerry Jones said. "I know how hard of a worker that he is, and I know what his motor was when he came out of Arkansas. The facts are he did some good things for us last year. I would have hoped with those two No. 1 picks, Felix could have been the one. But of course, Murray had something to say about that. But the big thing with Felix has been his health. That's been the most disappointing thing."

The owner wouldn't call Felix Jones a bust, but compared to the other running backs drafted in 2008 -- Chris Johnson, Rashard Mendenhall, Ray Rice, Matt Forte and Jamaal Charles -- there is major disappointment.

"I'm disappointed that Felix hadn’t been healthier," the owner said. "But I know that when he first joined our team, we were proud to have him with that No. 1 pick. And, as late as last year, I was proud to have that No. 1 in (Mike) Jenkins, the other first-round pick that year. But it's five years down the road now."