Jones: Cowboys can 'have it all' in both Bryant, Murray, but at a cost

BY foxsports • February 9, 2015

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is 72 years old. The Cowboys finished just a couple of steps away from the Super Bowl last season.

Those two factors may be why Jones is talking about the idea of retaining both wide receiver Dez Bryant and running back DeMarco Murray for 2015.

Signing both star players could cripple the Cowboys' salary cap options for several years, but Jones told NBC5 it's a possibility.

"That's a big challenge," Jones said. "You can't have it all. But on the other hand, you can try to have it all. You have to make sure you're making the right decisions on who gets the assets, which in this particular case, it's the room under the salary cap."

Being 72 means Jones may never get a better chance at going to a Super Bowl than he does with Bryant and Murray.

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But being 72 also means you have memories of seasons when overextending your means, salary cap-wise, have been costly.

"You remember when that cap makes you poor and you wake up and have those days when you don't have the money and don't have the flexibility," Jones told The Dallas Morning News.

"If you can revisit how you felt, that will make you a little more prudent about this cap when you have had a lot of years when you really paid the piper. And you are paying it at the time for a decision that you thought was helping you win a Super Bowl. But then you didn't do it. It was gone. That dream was out the window and there you were paying the bills on it."

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