- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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ARLINGTON, Texas – Owner/general manager Jerry Jones acknowledged that the Cowboys are discussing potential trades with “multiple teams” about “more than one player.”
“It hasn’t happened, but there certainly is potential that we might make a trade before the cut deadline,” Jones said following the Friday press conference for the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito fight at Cowboys Stadium. “I’d say possible. Possible, but very real.”
Jones declined to discuss specifics about the trade scenarios, including whether the Cowboys were seeking draft picks or players in return. The Cowboys have been shopping receivers Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd, who could be released Saturday if they aren’t traded.
Jones declined to answer a question about Crayton, whose agent Fred Lyles has publicly requested to be released before Saturday’s cut deadline.
“That’s too sensitive of an area, primarily with the player, but too sensitive regarding the sensitivity of what we’re doing with other teams,” Jones said.
Jones also declined to answer a question about asking players to lower their salaries to stay on the roster. The Cowboys want Sam Hurd, who is due to make $1.759 million this season, to agree to a reduced salary.
“I’m not going to comment on that,” Jones said, “because that has potentially things to do with what we might want to do tradewise.”
The Cowboys shopped Crayton and Hurd on draft weekend after selecting Dez Bryant in the first round. They didn't find a trade partner then, and now they have a deadline.