Could Saints swipe Oxnard from Cowboys?

August, 23, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- In 2010, New Orleans coach Sean Payton playfully stole a bottle of Caymus Special Selection cabernet sauvignon Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones had on reserve at St. Elmo Steakhouse in Indianapolis during the NFL Scouting Combine.

Payton, the former Cowboys assistant head coach, even left note for Jones: WHO DAT! World Champions XLIV, Sean Payton.

Now could Payton steal Oxnard, Calif., from Jones and the Cowboys?

The Saints are practicing at the River Ridge fields in Oxnard this week before their preseason game in Oakland. According to a story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Cowboys and Saints could be in a bidding war to hold camp there in 2012.

“We’ve always kept a dialogue with Oxnard,” Jones said Tuesday. “That’s the best thing to say there.”

The Cowboys’ contract with San Antonio has expired and Jones has said he would like to continue a split training camp in the future.

There are advantages and disadvantages to holding training camp in both spots. San Antonio offers the chance for more local fans to attend practice to go along with increased marketing opportunities. In Oxnard the weather and grass fields allow for more football work in ideal conditions, but there are marketing limitations per league rules.

“I don’t have a timetable and there’s no timetable,” Jones said. “We’ll just continue to talk with San Antonio and Oxnard as well. That’s where it is.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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