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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Despite lockout rules, Jerry optimistic

By Todd Archer

IRVNG, Texas -- With the draft complete, the NFL is back into lockdown mode.

Linebacker Bruce Carter and running back DeMarco Murray had brief meet-and-greet sessions Saturday when they flew to town, but the Cowboys are no longer allowed to speak with their rookies until the lockout is lifted. The rookies said they would call veterans, likely at their positions, to check in on about working out and learning the schemes.

Veterans will not be allowed to work out at Valley Ranch during the lockout after a brief respite in the rules on Friday.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones maintained optimism regarding the collective bargaining agreement.

“I didn’t build that stadium not to have football out there,” Jones said. “If I knew I was going to spend my life in courtrooms and controversies over contracts and doing all of those things and that’s where I spent all of my time, then I’d be doing something else … Here’s where I am: I do think we’re going to be playing football. I think the process we’re going through will get us there and we’ll be a lot healthier then we’ve ever been and what we want to have for the National Football League is in the best interest ultimately of the players and ultimately doing better financially than they would do if we don’t make these changes.”