Cowboys’ Jerry Jones downplays Jason Garrett’s contract situation: ‘He trusts me, I trust him’

Cowboys’ Jerry Jones downplays Jason Garrett’s contract situation: ‘He trusts me, I trust him’

February 3, 2019

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Saturday downplayed any significant meaning about coach Jason Garrett currently heading into the final year of his contract without an extension.

"We've been there before — without a contract," Jones told a group of reporters at the NFL Honors ceremony in Atlanta. "He trusts me. I do trust him, or he wouldn't be head coach to begin with."

ESPN reported earlier this week that Jones wouldn't be extending Garrett's contract. Stephen Jones, the team’s chief operating officer, told USA TODAY Sports on Friday that Garrett’s contract "hasn’t even been discussed yet.” Stephen Jones seemed to imply that the Cowboys have ample time to strike a new deal for Garrett if they want to enter next season without the appearance of having a lame-duck coach.

On Saturday, Jerry Jones shifted the conversation to his relationship with the nine-year Dallas coach. 

"Well, here's the thing — people don't look at the full relationship," Jones said. "We've been together for almost 15 years and had a lot of trust in each other for 15 years. His daddy (Jim Garrett) was (with the Cowboys for) 20 years, working in our scouting department. … Our business is made too much of when they look at extensions and non-extensions."

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