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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says Dallas not compelled to draft a safety

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With Byron Jones being moved to cornerback next season, the Cowboys could use some help at safety in the draft. While they may address the position before the draft is done, there was no need to do anything last night.

As Derwin James began to slip, it may have been tempting, but they didn’t pull the trigger and trade their way up.

“We like the position to address in this draft, but I don’t think we’re compelled to draft a safety,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t think there is any position that we have to have when we come out of this draft.”

Does that mean they think Xavier Woods is ready to be an every-down guy? Not necessarily.

The Cowboys have been tied to several rumors concerning Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, who told the Cowboys to “come get him” last season. Earlier in the week, Jones alluded to some deal that was in the works for a veteran. But he didn’t say who.

He did, however, slip up when asked about Thomas (Dallas Morning News):

“I’m not going to get into that,” Jones said. “That’s part of the deal. I mean not deal, but … we have no deal.”

Oh, Jerry.

It has to be nice for the guys on the roster to see that the team is willing and open to giving them a chance to play. But while the players appreciate it, the fans want to see another Super Bowl. With the defense as is, the Cowboys will compete.

To be fair, they need more than just a safety. But safety is now one of their primary needs.

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