Jerry Jones happy with backup WRs

Updated: August 10, 2012, 4:04 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he's pleased with the club's backup wide receivers, even though executive vice president Stephen Jones told a radio station the team wouldn't rule out adding free agent Plaxico Burress.

The Cowboys have young, inexperienced receivers contending for the No. 3 position and are considering adding a veteran if no one emerges.

"We haven't even discussed that internally at all," Jerry Jones said regarding Burress. "It's not been discussed at any level in our organization one way or the other."

Earlier Thursday, a source said the Cowboys were involved in preliminary discussions with Burress' agent, Drew Rosenhaus. However, Jones said he hasn't spoken to the agent.

"We're going to go to war with, so to speak, or go into the season with question marks at the third receiver, there's no doubts, no matter who it is," Jones said.

Last season, the Cowboys signed veteran Laurent Robinson as their No. 3 receiver, and he led the team with 11 touchdowns. He signed a five-year $32.5 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason.

The Cowboys' thought process for 2012 was to go with younger players at the position.

"We would look at any option, and a lot of Laurent was his availability," Jones said. "It caused us to look at him. If someone would become available that we were interested in ... we're not trying to trade and we're really looking forward to this run of preseason games to look at these young guys and the people we have and we like what some of them are doing."

On Thursday afternoon, Stephen Jones told KTBB-FM in Tyler, Texas, that the team "wouldn't totally rule out Plaxico at some point."

Burress has played for three NFL teams in a 10-year career, collecting 550 catches for 8,457 yards and 63 touchdowns.

In September 2009, Burress was sentenced to two years in prison for violating gun laws in New York after shooting himself in the leg while at a nightclub. He pleaded guilty to a lesser firarms charge.

Burress was released three months early for good behavior and then signed with the New York Jets last season. He tied for the team lead with eight touchdown receptions and finished with 612 yards and 45 receptions.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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