Round 1 between Jerry Jones and Emmitt Smith is now officially over. And just what was the end result of their meeting?
Smith and Jones met for over 3 hours on Tuesday afternoon, only to leave their encounter without establishing anything concrete about a possible return by the NFL's All-time leading rusher.
"He and I both will make this decision and it will be in the best interest of the team and Emmitt," Jones told the Dallas Morning News early Tuesday evening. "It's important that this is a joint decision."
"It's not important to have a decision before free agency begins," Jones added. "We want to do the best thing for the Cowboys and the best thing for Emmitt."
It is believed that Jones wants Smith to understand that he can only return to the Cowboys if he accepts a significantly reduced role in the offense, and plays for the minimum $755,000 per year.
Smith, who is scheduled to make over $7 million in 2003, gained just 975 yards last season, his lowest total and the first time he hasn't rushed for 1,000 yards since 1990.
The end result of Tuesday's meeting is still unclear, however it looks as though both sides have placed all their cards on the table and will now wait a few days to digest the information.
The next meeting between the two sides has not yet been determined, but it would be beneficial to the Cowboys to have a decision in place before February 28th, when the free agency frenzy begins.
Smith, Jones Still Talking
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