Stephen Jones on not signing von Miller: We made a ‘conscious decision to go in the direction we took’

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von miller He couldn’t have debuted better with the Bills. The edge rusher made four tackles, two sacks and three tackles for a loss in defeating the brilliant Buffalo in the season opener.

Cowboys Twitter immediately went into overdrive, thinking what it might be.

After the Cowboys lost the edge of the rush Randy Gregory At free agency this spring, they showed an interest in Miller. Miller grew up as a huge Cowboys fan in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, which is 25 miles from AT&T Stadium.

Miller said he’s willing to give the Cowboys “their hometown discount.” But the Cowboys reportedly offered him the same five-year, $70 million deal they offered Gregory, which included two guaranteed years.

Miller, 33, also had a two-year warranty offer from Rams.

He secured a six-year deal worth $120 million with bills that include $51.4 million guaranteed in the first three years.

Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones was asked Friday if he had any regrets after seeing what Miller did Thursday night.

“Von Miller is a great football player,” Jones said at 105.3 The Fan, via WFAA’s Mark Lane. “I mean, you see them playing at that level and especially early on, there are a lot more ideas about older players like that when you really get these guys in the playoffs than in the first part, the middle of the season. Now, I’m sure it was There’s little incentive for Vaughn to play with the Rams and win the Super Bowl to get out there and show all he’s on. There’s a lot of guys out there who if there’s unlimited space you can do, but this wasn’t a short-term one-year deal. It was a bargain. Long-term, and not only have we had to look at what we’re doing this year but look at what’s going to happen to us here in a year or two. I just made a conscious decision there that we wanted to go in the direction that we took.”

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Miller, who has one Super Bowl ring with the Broncos and another with the Rams, has 117.5 career sacks. This ranks 31st in NFL history and first among active players.

Cowboys signed instead Dante Fowler In the free proxy, it will make a backup Dorence Armstrong Reverse De Marcus Lawrence. Armstrong, Fowler and Lawrence combined in 91 career sacks, despite being linebackers Micah Parsons He had 13 sacks last season winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

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