Jerry Jones: Ring of Honor will expand

8/7/2011 - NFL Dallas Cowboys

CANTON, Ohio -- Jerry Jones said the Dallas Cowboys' Ring of Honor will grow by one this season.

"We plan to," said Jones on Saturday, when asked if the club would honor a player this year.

"But we'd like to make that announcement later."

Jones did indicate it wouldn't be Deion Sanders, who was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Drew Pearson, one of the likely candidates to be included, told ESPN Dallas Saturday night that he had not heard from the Cowboys.

Let the debate begin.

Will it be a player from the Jerry era such as Darren Woodson, Charles Haley or Larry Allen? Or will it be a player from the Tom Landry era such as Pearson or Harvey Martin?

The answer, it seems, will be revealed soon.

There are 15 former players, a coach (Tom Landry) and executive (Tex Schramm) in the Ring of Honor, and Jones has long held form to Schramm's belief that it should be as exclusive as possible. In turn that may have hurt the Hall of Fame chances for some players, but Jones has not wavered despite some public pressure to add players.

The Cowboys have not inducted anybody into the Ring since the Triplets -- Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith -- were added in 2005. Jones did not want to distract from the opening of Cowboys Stadium in 2009 and last year was about the arrival of Super Bowl XLV to North Texas.

Jean-Jacques Taylor is a columnist for ESPNDallas.com. ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer contributed to this report.