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Stephen Jones Names The Cowboys' "Priority" This Offseason

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The Dallas Cowboys have plenty of tough decisions to make this offseason. Amari Cooper, Byron Jones and Dak Prescott are all scheduled to hit the open market when free agency begins on March 18.

In addition to figuring out which free agents to retain, the Cowboys have to formulate a plan for the NFL Draft. Last season, they didn't have a first-round pick because they traded it to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for Cooper.

When asked about the team's plan heading into the offseason, vice president Stephen Jones said "Defense is the priority for this offseason." This is a surprising remark from Jones, who recently commented on how Dallas wants to handle negotiations with Prescott.

Jones could be hinting at Dallas prioritizing defense during the draft. That being said, there are plenty of notable free agents available this offseason on the defensive side of the football. He might have his eyes on a few of them.

The Cowboys may have internal discussions about prioritizing defense over offense this offseason. However, the front office will have to make sure it keeps a few key offensive pieces in town. Cooper and Prescott are both Pro Bowl players that will command top dollar on the open market. Losing one or both of them would really hurt the team. Jones made it clear that Prescott is their quarterback of the future.

Jason Witten is also going to be a free agent this spring, but he recently admitted he could play elsewhere in 2020.

It'll be very interesting to see how Dallas handles this offseason.