Cowboys' Jerry Jones Praises Cole Beasley Despite Receiver's Critical Comments

Josh Clark
January 30, 2019 - 8:46 pm
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Cowboys owner Jerry Jones brushed off wide reciever Cole Beasley's recent critical comments when he abruptly called in to the Ben and Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan earlier tonight. 

"I love him and that's Cole," Jones said before he told a couple stories about the free-agent receiver's time with the team. "I love Cole and love what he's about. I do appreciate him for not only that, but as a weapon to help us win football games," Jones said. 

Beasley clarified his comments a day after he criticized the team's front office for the number of targets he gets each game. 

"Some are misunderstanding my point. EVERY team’s gameplan in pro sports is dictated by the front office. Big free agent additions, high draft picks, etc are going to get the most opps. And I’m not mad at that! Lol I just want to help my team win. All good players want the rock," Beasley said in a tweet. 

Ealier last week, Beasley expressed frustration about his target totals while adding that the front office didn't prioritize him in the offense.

Cowboys COO Stephen Jones responded to Beasley's criticism during his appearance on The Rich Eisen Show the next day:

"I would hope that's just his frustration but certainly not at all the case," Jones said. "We don't get involved in that. The only thing we ever do is decide if we're going to pay players a lot of money. Or if we're going to trade for players and give up big picks. We certainly hope that they would be involved if we're going to do things like that; that there's a reason that we're doing it they're going to be involved.

"But we would never dictate where balls go or things of that nature. In terms of the game plan and getting involved with what our coaching does to get ready to play the ball game. And certainly of all people, Cole is always involved in getting balls and getting catches. He's been just an integral part of what we're about. Certainly, he's made a lot of big catches and key catches in games that we've won."

Earlier in his twitter rant, Beasley said money isn't as important as the way he'd be utilized in his next team's offense.  

This contradicts what Beasley had said in October when he responded to a fan's question on Twitter and said: "I think I should be paid with the best slot wr's in the league."

His comments appeared to eliminate the chances of a return in 2019, but he ended his first set of tweets by expressing that he'd like to be back in Dallas if he got more opportunities. 

"Doesn’t mean I’m gone. I’ll play anywhere where I can make more of an impact. I would love for that to be Dallas or anywhere else that will give me more pops to make an impact. I just wanna ball. It’s hard with 3 to 4 opps a game," he said. 

Beasley had a career-year in 2016 when he caught 75 balls on 98 targets for 833 yards, but followed it up with a disappointing season 2017 (36 catches on 63 targets for 314 yards), before rebounding a little bit in 2018 (65 catches on 87 targets for 672 yards). 

The SMU alum will enter free agency for the second time in his career. He just completed a four-year contract reportedly worth about $14 million, with $7 million guaranteed.

Dallas has a lot of players that are eligible to be paid this offseason including quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, so it remains to be seen whether Beasley will return.