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Stephen Jones Responds To Cole Beasley's Target Claim

January 23, 2019 - 5:35 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Cowboys COO Stephen Jones had a chance to respond to free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley when he criticized the number of targets he got each game on social media Tuesday.

Free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley expressed frustration about his target totals while adding that the Cowboys front office didn't prioritize him in the offense.

Jones responded to Beasley's criticism during his appearance on The Rich Eisen Show today:

"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 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.