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March 19, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Jean-Jacques Taylor

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:05 PM)

Y'all ready to do this. I'm not about the draft right now, so I don't have much specific insight. Anything is fair game. Let's roll

Steve (Oklahoma City, Ok)

Who will be the Cowboys opponent, if the Cowboys play in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:05 PM)

Miami

Nafis (SF)

JJT, how does the Ranger's bullpen look so far?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:06 PM)

Not too good. Too many questions and not enough answers. Ultimately, it might be ok with Joaquin Soria arriving in May and Neftali Feliz in July

Mel (Colorado Springs)

Hi JJT, will the Rangers stay in house for their 5th starter or do you think they'll try to make a trade?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:10 PM)

In house, I think, because Colby Lewis is coming in May and they don't need a fifth start but 2-3 times in April. Plus, Kyle Lohse will cost 2-3 years at $14 million per and a first-round pick. Plus, you have to wonder how effective he'll be in AL. There's a reason he's still on the streets

Dominque Thompson (South Carolina)

I don't think giving Romo more than a two year extension is smart.I feel the cowboys should give the raiders a 4th round pick for Tyrelle Pryor and let him mature for two years and go from there.. what do you think about the cowboys and pryor? the length of romo's contract?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:10 PM)

why do you think he'll sign anything less than a 5- or 6-year deal. You're talking as thought he Cowboys have leverage. They have none

Randall (Shreveport)

How did the cowboys resign sims with so little cap room?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:11 PM)

he didn't cost that much, plus the salary cap is a fluid number. It's seemingly always changing

Morice (Virginia Beach, VA)

Is there something about Doug Free that we didn't see? I'm pretty sure just like the rest of us you're wondering how and why he's still on the team after two consecutive years where he was awful.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:14 PM)

What's the rush? You should never make an emotional decision. What if Jermey Parnell was hurt in an OTA and a minicamp? then you'd be begging for Free. What if they don't take a tackle in the draft? You need more than 2 tackles. Maybe, they'll tell him to take a paycut. Maybe, they'll release him after the draft. I wouldn't obsess over Free. Something will happen

Trent (Austin, TX)

Shouldn't we as fans be happy about the lack of signings in this offseason? At some point we have to get our financial situation in order and stop spending money on guys that don't pan out (Hamlin, Sensabaugh, Free, etc)

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:14 PM)

No. Your team is not getting better.

KB BFFL (theaters near you)

JJT personally i think we should trade Spencer for a pick or two if so could we get a 1 or early #2 pick for him? thoughts?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:15 PM)

who is going to give u that? and then sing him to a long-term lucrative deal?

Rick (TX)

Any thoughts on Larry Brown's first season at SMU? Will he be around long enough to make any lasting impression?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:16 PM)

He made them competitive, but they remain irrelevant. The only way to make them relevant is to sign a big-time player they have no business signing and then win big.

KB BFFL (theaters near you)

Stephen jones said we already have our two safeties in two unproven hurt players n matt johnson and church it would seem extremely baffling to not see the boys' go for michael huff in FA or pick up a safety in the draft

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:17 PM)

They've passed on Michael Huff before. I wouldn't believe anything anyone named Jones had to say on the record between now and the draft

Brady (dallas) [via mobile]

In your opinion what should the mavs look for in the free agent market this year?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:18 PM)

a big dude who can defend. I don't care if he can score. A PG who can run the offense and get the ball to Dirk in positions he can score

Rick (TX)

No question here, but I couldn't agree more with your take on athletes getting what they can get while they can get it. Look at Brady. He restructures his deal only to have Welker walk. Who's to say that wouldn't happen if Romo took less. A player's job is to play, not manage the team's cap situation. All the leverage Romo has could have been diminished had the cowboys drafted a QB worth anything like green bay did with rodgers.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:19 PM)

Once you give the team the money, u have no control over what they do with it, including sticking it back in their pocket

Steve (Texas)

will this six game homestand finally be the knock out blow for the mavs playoff chances or do you see them winning most of them and keeping false hope..

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:20 PM)

I'm serious. Just watch the games and it will ALL be revealed to us. It's the essence and beauty of sports. No need to predict it, the answer will be revealed to us

Steve (Texas)

opionin on ozzie newsome and his plans with the ravens, shouldnt people applaud him for not keeping that old defense together the same defense that back into the playoffs losing their last 4 of final five games..

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:21 PM)

yep. He's proven he knows what he's doing. You can't live on the memories of the past

Shawn (Brooklyn NY)

Why are the cowboys signing Spencer longterm if he's unproven at that new defensive end position?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:24 PM)

I don't know that they're doing that just yet. They've been talking for awhile with no deal. Personally, I don't think they're going to get a long-term deal done with Spencer. Of course, I've been wrong before.

James (Georgia)

are you surprise there's been no suitors on the cowboys two 2008 1st round picks?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:25 PM)

nope. They're 3rd tier dudes. They're backups - not even starters. but they'll get done sooner or later

barry (tx)

How committed are the cowboys to Barry church and Matt johnson at safety?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:27 PM)

Guess we'll find out at the draft

dean (florida)

Do you agree with the new rule for runningbacks lowering there helmets in the open field?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:27 PM)

nope. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Sean (Cali)

What did you think of Marcus Spears as a Player and whom would you have taken witht that 20th pick in 2005?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:28 PM)

Spears was a solid player. No more, no less. He played here 7 years, primarily as a starter. You would always like more, but I can live with it without complaint

Carlos (el paso)

DO you agree with dez: WE NEED ED REED!?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:29 PM)

Nope. That's a move u make when you're one player away. The Cowboys are a lot of players away

John (Flagstaff)

Will the Cowboys finally be active in free agency once they get romo done?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:29 PM)

just for role players. No studs

robert (dallas)

does VC have a chance at 6 man of the year?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:30 PM)

I wouldn't think so - unless team makes the playoffs.

Andrew (Dallas) [via mobile]

What do you think the terms of Tony Romo's new contract will be?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:32 PM)

I'd guess 6 years, $102 million with $40 guaranteed

perry (Austin)

Do you think Jay Ratliff can still bring something to this defense adn should the cowboys draft his replacement this year?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:32 PM)

yes. yes.

Mike (Tampa)

Who will be the Starting right tackle next year

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:33 PM)

Jermey Parnell

Steph (MD)

Do you think the cowboys issues on the line is the guards or the tackle position?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:33 PM)

right side. Guard and Tackle.

Ian (Atl, GA)

With the DE market being much lower than expected, wouldn't it hurt the Cowboys chances to get Spencer to sign an extension and hence to take less than 10.6 million this seson. Seems like Spencer would just keep the big one year pay day and re-enter FA next season with a better chance of getting more money than Avril and Bennett received this offseason. This is also why I think those guys only took short deals. Thoughts???

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:35 PM)

Yep. That's why I don't think a deal is gonna get done. Spencer, like any player, thinks he can get more money on open market. He'll be a FA next season unless the Cowboys wanna give him a 144 percent raise. He'll probably bide his time for another year and then try to get paid

Darren (Nyc)

Jerry jones said that Costa would be good if he had some good guards around him. If thats the case why keep him?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:36 PM)

that's a question I've had a problem with. I'd like an answer to that down the road

dean (cali)

If you look at some of the deals for some of these defensive players in the free agent market. do you think the cowboys could of been a player with all these guys taking 1 year deals

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:38 PM)

yea, but I personally hate hypotheticals. You just never know how things will work out. Sure, they could've been a player but we'll never know

Rich (San Antonio)

Why is Romo's extension taking so long? Is there any buzz whatsoever on what the holdup is? Wouldn't mind Matt Slauson and Dwan Landry coming to compete for jobs in our weak areas and then wait for the draft!

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:38 PM)

Tony wants one number and the Cowboys want him to accept another

Steven (Waco) [via mobile]

Do you see any major moves being made by the mavs this off season?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:39 PM)

they'll try. Whether they get a deal done is anybody's guess

Dan (Dallas)

What is happening with the Dallas Stars and the NHL? Is this the end of hockey? Is it time for contraction?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:40 PM)

They're just going through a rough stretch. I like Nieuwendyk , but it looks like he might be 0-2 on coaches. Few GMs get a 3rd chance to hire a coach

G-Money (Chicago, IL)

Blessings JJT ? Thanks for hosting today?s chat. Do you think not having any money to spend in free agency is actually a good thing for Jerry Jones right now, given the way the Cowboys tend to overpay for mediocre players?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:42 PM)

nope. I'm not talking about you, but that's just a dumb premise. Every move the Cowboys have made has not been bad.

Reggie Smith (Washington DC)

Can't see Cuban being happy with a losing team but he is also concerned about the luxury tax. Will the Mavs be a mid-level team for the next 3 to 4 years? If so, chances Dirk plays in LA, NY or SA.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:44 PM)

They're going to be average or worse until they acquire another superstar in the draft or via a trade

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:44 PM)

The NBA is a superstars league.

Dean Rosetti (Olyphant pa)

Why sign Laurant Robinson, it will hurt the progress of Harris and Beasley. I like the youth movement and lack of free agent pickups. Your thought?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:46 PM)

Laurent is only 27. And we've seen what he can do in Dallas. That said, he had several concussions last year. No idea if he's ever gonna be healthy enough to play

raul (rio grande city)

JJT, am I right? the boys will end up with a ton of dead money because the the Tony Romo deal? lots of dead money?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:47 PM)

I don't necessarily think so. He can play 5 years without much of an issue

Joel (Dallas)

Is Bynum a FA next year? Is so, do the Mavs try to sign him or is he too much of a headache?? Also, if mave make playoffs, should Rick be Coach of Year?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:48 PM)

he has a loser mentality. I wouldn't give a pair of cracker jacks and a pair of Jordans for him.

Joe (Pa)

why is Romo's extension taking so long? Is there any buzz whatsoever on what the holdup is? Wouldn't mind Matt Slauson and Dwan Landry coming to compete for jobs in our weak areas!

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:49 PM)

It's a negotiation. Romo has all of the leverage. He ain't signing until he gets a deal he wants

James (Ft Worth)

Confused regarding the switch to the 4-3. Are Ware and Spencer the "new" DE's or are they the outside LB's? Thanks.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:49 PM)

defensive ends

Victor (indy) [via mobile]

Should we put an offer on Brandon jennings? No or go?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:50 PM)

I'm not a huge Jennings guy. He' s a shoot first PG. That ain't gonna make Dirk happy

G-Man (England)

How much influence does Garrett have over the draft? Does Jerry have the final say?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:50 PM)

Quite a bit. The Cowboys like to make collective decisions. If there's a tie, JJ does have final say

hurley (Ontario)

do you think Hanna is a worthy number 2 TE or do we need heir apparent to witten now?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:51 PM)

I think Hanna will be a good player if used properly

Norman (NY)

What would be your guess on whether the Cowboys sign Laurent Robinson or not? Would you prefer him or Dwayne Harris as the 3rd receiver?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:53 PM)

Can we chill a little bit on all of this Laurent Robinson talk. The dude was out because of concussions. We have no idea if his head is right. Until we do, it's kind of a moot point

Terry (Dallas)

Do u know who is the #1 priority player Dallas looking at for the Draft?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:54 PM)

They're looking at positions - not players - because at No. 18 you're never sure who will be there to select

Stan (Maine)

ANy Scenario that romo walks?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:54 PM)

i don't see one

Rick (TX)

Does Dirk retire a Mav?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:54 PM)

yes

Rick (TX)

There's been a lot of talk about what the Rangers lost offensively with Josh leaving. But do you think the Rangers will replace his defensive value? I think that deficit is bigger.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:55 PM)

easily. He made the spectacular play, but he was overrated some as an OF. Gentry is elite and Martin is pretty good in CF. Hamilton better than Murphy in LF, but Murphy is solid now.

TW (Atown)

Do the Giants really think Connor can be a productive starting MLB? Do you?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:55 PM)

he's just a guy

Joe (Pa)

Do you think Dallas would make a play for Andre Smith or Vollmer for RT if they can get Romo's deal done soon?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:57 PM)

nope. They're only getting role players this year

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:57 PM)

great chat today. It'll be fun next week when we can talk about the tournament