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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Jones makes statement on T.O.


Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke briefly with the NFL Network while attending a league meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Guess what Jones was asked about?

"Well, this was certainly a tough decision," Jones said. "And I have all the feelings that I should have as far as Terrell as the great player he is and the impact he has made. I do appreciate what he has been for our team. But we certainly felt that this decision is the way we ought to go."

Here's the press release from the team addressing the releases of Roy Williams and T.O.:

"In the aftermath of the season, we talked about change," Jones said in the statement. "Some of what is changing involves the process and some of it involves people. This is a decision that was made based upon consideration for an entire team.

"We will move on now with a new team -- a new attitude -- and into a new stadium. The evaluation process and the prospect for change will continue at every level of the organization."

The part about the "new attitude" might indicate that Jones is acknowledging the locker room issues, but he came back later and indicated that locker room chemistry didn't have much to do with his decision.

Honestly, it doesn't matter. He made the right decision for the future of the organization. But in the short term, this team could really struggle.

Once again, here are your starting receivers heading into the draft: Roy Williams and Miles Austin. I'm huge fan of Austin's work, but I'm not sure he's a starting receiver in the league. And what did we find out about Williams last season? Not much.