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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: Free-agency busts hindered Super Bowl chances

The Dallas Cowboys are 136-136 since 1997. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images) The Dallas Cowboys are 136-136 since 1997. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he should have not offered contracts to some of the free-agents he brought in because it limited the team's ability to win Super Bowls in the salary-cap era.

In the past 18 seasons, the Cowboys have made the playoffs seven times, but none in the past four seasons. The team had a chance to qualify for the playoffs by winning the last game of the seasons each of the past three years and lost those games.

"We should have been knocking on the door and we haven't and I have no excuses, it starts here," Jones said on radio station 105.3 The Fan, via CBSSports.com. "But we have not. I know that to the extent that we have a healthy (Tony) Romo, our best chance to get back to the Super Bowl is a healthy Romo."

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The Cowboys, who are the NFL's most valuable team, finished 8-8 last season and ranked dead last in the league in total defense.

"Now for us not to having got it done during those years is a mess up," he said. "You got to get it when you're high like that. When you're high up on it. You can't miss your bus when you got your quarterback and you got good talent around him and if you miss that bus in the NFL. When I look back on it, we probably paid some people that we probably would have been better off not paying."
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