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The Dallas Cowboys are worth an estimated $6.5 billion, but Jerry Jones is confident he could get much more than that if he were to sell the team.

Jones, who purchased the Cowboys for $150 million in 1989, recently told NBC Sports’ Peter King he believes he’d get “more than $10 billion” if he put the team up for sale. However, he has no intention of ever doing that.

“But let me make this very clear,” the Cowboys owner said. “I’ll say it definitively. I will never do it. I will never sell the Cowboys. Ever.”

Forbes ranked the Cowboys as the NFL’s most valuable franchise at $6.5 billion in 2021, an increase of 14% from the previous year. The New England Patriots were the second most valuable at $5 billion, followed by the New York Giants at $4.85 billion.

Jones’ comments were sparked by the upcoming sale of the Denver Broncos, whom Forbes estimated were worth $3.75 billion last year. Reports have suggested the Broncos could fetch anywhere from $4 billion to upward of $5 billion, which would be the most expensive team sale in U.S. sports history.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was “home and fine” on Thursday, one day after a report that he was involved in a traffic accident and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Stephen Jones, the owner’s son and an executive vice president for the Cowboys, updated his father’s condition to The Associated Press.

Citing unidentified police sources, Dallas TV station WFAA reported that Jerry Jones, 79, was involved in a crash Wednesday night near downtown Dallas. The station reported emergency crews were summoned, and Jones sustained minor injuries.

A Dallas police spokesman told the AP the department doesn’t release names of individuals involved in vehicle crashes unless there is a fatality. The spokesman confirmed there was a two-vehicle crash but didn’t offer any other details.

The crash involving Jones was the latest incident in a tumultuous offseason for the Cowboys.

An ESPN report in February revealed the club paid a $2.4 million settlement to four Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders over allegations of voyeurism against a public relations director who retired a few weeks before the report. A week later, a woman who grew up in North Texas filed a lawsuit alleging Jerry Jones is her biological father.

The Cowboys also are awaiting a Dallas police investigation into a fatal drive-by shooting in which cornerback Kelvin Joseph was a passenger in the vehicle. Joseph’s attorney says the second-year player was unarmed and “found himself in a situation that escalated without his knowledge or consent.”

A 25-year-old Texas woman who sued Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, alleging he is her biological father, has dropped her lawsuit.

Alexandra Davis said in court papers filed Wednesday that she now wants genetic testing to verify her claim, The Dallas Morning News reported.

“Alexandra has just decided that she wants to go ahead and proceed with parentage and DNA testing,” said Jay Gray, one of Davis’ lawyers. “She wants to remove any doubts that Jerry’s her father.”

Jones’ attorneys had asked in court filings that the suit be dismissed but did not address the paternity claim. A representative for Jones declined to comment.

The lawsuit alleged that Jones had a relationship with Davis’ mother, Cynthia Davis, who was working as a ticket counter agent for American Airlines in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the time. Alexandra Davis was born in 1996.

Davis and her mother reached a settlement in which Jones would support them financially as long as they didn’t publicly identify him as her father, according to court documents. At the time of the agreement in 1998, Jones denied he was the father.

Jones and his wife, Gene, married in 1963. They have three children, and all have a front office role with the Cowboys. Jerry Jones is the team president and general manager.

A 25-year-old woman is suing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, alleging that the billionaire paid her mother hundreds of thousands of dollars in 1996 to conceal that he was the girl’s biological father, a secret that the lawsuit says she has carried her entire life.

At the age of 1, the girl was bound to secrecy by a confidentiality agreement signed by her mother, according to the lawsuit.

Jones denied in settlement documents that he was the biological father of the child. But he paid the woman $375,000 “in exchange for confidentiality” and had an Arkansas friend and lawyer named Donald Jack set up two trusts for the girl linked to her and her mother, keeping Jones’ paternity a secret, according to the lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN.

A Texas judge ordered the case sealed this week after a motion filed by Jones’ lawyer.

The Dallas Morning News first reported on the lawsuit earlier Wednesday.

Alexandra Davis, who lives in Washington, D.C., filed her lawsuit against Jones, now 79, in Dallas County court last Thursday. It says Jones courted her mother, Cynthia Davis Spencer, in 1995, when she was working at the American Airlines ticket counter in Little Rock, Arkansas. Spencer was estranged from her husband at the time, the lawsuit says.

Alexandra Davis “has lived her life fatherless and in secret and in fear that if she should tell anyone who her father was, she and her mother would lose financial support, or worse,” the lawsuit alleges.

“Plaintiff has had to endure the endless public profiles of her father and siblings while forced to remain secret to everyone, including her closest confidants,” it says.

Jones and his wife, Gene, have three children — Stephen, Jerry Jr. and Charlotte Jones Anderson.

Jim Wilkinson, a spokesman for Jones, declined to comment. Davis’ Dallas-based attorney, Andrew Bergman, also declined to comment.

Davis has asked a court to be recognized as Jones’ daughter and to be released from the confidentiality agreement that her mother agreed to when she was a baby.

“It is hard to imagine what could be less in the best interest of a child than to enforce agreements that leave a child without a father and which prevent or legally punish a child from even stating who her father is,” the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit alleges that Jones “abandoned and shunned” Davis and forced her to live in secrecy after her birth in Little Rock on Dec. 16, 1996.

“The combined effects of the aforementioned agreements and Cynthia’s divorce proceedings resulted in Plaintiff never having a legal father,” the lawsuit says. “To add incredible insult to injury, Plaintiff has had to spend her entire life hiding and concealing who her real father is. Defendant Jones’ only role in Plaintiff’s life to date other than to shun her, has been to coerce her from ever disclosing his identity.”

Despite that, the lawsuit says that Davis has “excelled academically and professionally.” She now works as an aide to U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, after working for 14 months in the White House during Trump’s presidency.

After Davis’ birth, Davis Spencer and Jones worked together to conceal his paternity, the lawsuit says.

“Faced with the literal existence of Plaintiff and the public and personal ramifications that would result therefrom, Defendant Jones, forever the deal making entrepreneur that he is, decided to do what he always does — ‘make a deal’ to assure that he would not be publicly or privately identified and/or declared as Plaintiff’s father,” the lawsuit says.

Davis Spencer was going through a divorce at the time, the lawsuit alleges.

“Defendant Jones, with the help of lawyers, knowing that Cynthia was now a single mother with a very young child and an uncertain financial future at best, set out to negotiate a ‘settlement’ that would exchange money for silence [‘hush money’],” the lawsuit says.

Jones is alleged to have set up two trusts that the lawsuit alleges contained “the hush money payment and the hush money terms,” including $375,000 paid to Davis Spencer. Jones agreed to “provide, through indirect means and with his personal identity hidden, ongoing financial support for Cynthia and Plaintiff so long as Cynthia remained silent about the fact that he was Plaintiff’s father,” the lawsuit alleges. “If Cynthia failed to maintain such silence, the support would end at Defendant Jones’ discretion and Cynthia would supposedly be in breach of the deal.”

The lawsuit was posted on the Dallas County courts’ website Monday and thus available to hundreds of Texas lawyers and other members of the public. The team discovered it late Monday and on Tuesday went into court and persuaded a judge to place Davis’ lawsuit temporarily under seal, pending a March 31 hearing.

Last month, ESPN reported that the Cowboys paid a $2.4 million confidential settlement with four members of their cheerleading squad who accused a now-former team executive of voyeurism in their locker room in September 2015. According to a 2016 settlement agreement and non-disclosure agreement, the cheerleaders accused Richard Dalrymple of using his security key card to enter the back door of their locked dressing room during an event at AT&T Stadium. One of the women alleged she clearly saw Dalrymple standing behind a partial wall with his iPhone extended toward them as they were changing their clothes.

In a second allegation, a Cowboys fan who was watching a livestream from the team’s war room during the 2015 NFL draft swore in an affidavit that he saw Dalrymple take “upskirt” photos of Charlotte Jones Anderson.

Dalrymple, who retired Feb. 2, did not respond to interview requests by ESPN. He issued a statement through the team that called both allegations false.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones left AT&T Stadium with a particularly sour taste in his mouth Sunday after Dak Prescott and Co. once again failed to deliver in the postseason.

“The hump is advancing in the playoffs,” Jones said after the Cowboys’ 23-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the wild-card round, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Michael Gehlken. “There’s been some good quarterbacks that haven’t advanced in the playoffs. I’m just sick we’re one of them – really sick. I’m surprised and sick.”

The Cowboys cruised to an NFC East title in the regular season before stumbling when the pressure ramped up. Prescott, who signed a $160-million contract before the season, was a pedestrian 23 of 43 for 254 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the 49ers.

His heralded weapons on offense – Ezekiel ElliottAmari Cooper, and CeeDee Lamb – combined for only 116 yards after each enjoyed strong regular seasons. The Cowboys were hindered by 14 penalties, many of which were especially untimely.

“When you get this combination of players together, you need to have success,” Jones said, courtesy of The Athletic’s Jon Machota. “Because we all know how it goes in the NFL – the whole thing is set up to take away from the best and add to the ones who need improving. And personnel-wise, I think we had one of the best.”

Jones declined to address questions about Mike McCarthy’s job security as head coach, saying, “I don’t even want to discuss anything like that at this particular time.”

Instead, the 79-year-old conceded he couldn’t recall another loss that stung so strongly.

“Extraordinarily disappointed,” he said. “Very disappointed. Disappointed for our fans … This is quite a letdown.”

The Cowboys haven’t advanced beyond the divisional round since 1996 when they won Super Bowl XXX.

Although the Dallas Cowboys have won five straight games and boast the NFL’s highest-scoring offense, fans shouldn’t be surprised if the team has an aggressive approach prior to the Nov. 2 trade deadline.

“We’re open for business year round,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic. “On the other hand, we got a unique situation because we’ve got players coming that we’re gonna have to have roster spots for. We got a little bigger problem than trading for somebody right now.”

The Cowboys currently have several players on injured reserve who are expected to return to the active roster soon, including wide receiver Michael Gallup and defensive tackle Neville Gallimore.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday he’d welcome a trade, but Dallas currently doesn’t have anything in the works with the deadline around the corner.

“It’s always nice if there’s an opportunity out there,” he said. “But at the same time, we have a lot of confidence in this roster.”

The Cowboys are among the NFL’s most impressive teams after six weeks. Dallas currently ranks first and 21st in overall offense and defense, respectively, according to PFF, and could look for help on the defensive side of the ball.

This is the first time Dallas has started a season 5-1 since the 2016 season. The Cowboys, winners of five Super Bowls, haven’t played in the big game since the 1995 campaign. The team has won only two playoff games since 2009.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it known to Kyle Pitts that he’s more than “infatuated” with the idea of drafting the top tight end in the first round.

“I’m excited to have you come into this league, and man, what a pair-up we could do with ole Dak Prescott and some of these guys that we’ve got out there with options to get you the ball,” Jones told the Florida product during a virtual visit. “So we can dream of visions of sugar plums around here.”

Pitts is expected to come off the board within the opening round’s first 10 selections thanks to his combination of size, athleticism, and ball skills. The Cowboys have the last pick in the top 10 and could potentially trade up to get the tight end if necessary.

Dallas has more urgent needs on defense but was also in a similar position last year when the team took wide receiver CeeDee Lamb 17th overall. The franchise had the No. 1 offense in the league during the season that preceded the Lamb pick.

“It’s really special to see a player come in with the potential you’ve got and have your head on the ground – have your head like you got it – so congratulations again,” Jones said to Pitts.

The Cowboys have Blake Jarwin penciled in at the position in 2021, with Amari CooperMichael Gallup, and Lamb lining up out wide.

Pitts posted 770 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final year with the Gators, punctuating his college career with 129 yards and a touchdown against Alabama in his last game.

Kyle Pitts is regarded by some as the most talented player in the 2021 NFL Draft, and you can count Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones among those blown away by the former Florida tight end.

Jones is “infatuated” with the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Pitts, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

The 20-year-old is in contention to be the first non-quarterback offensive player selected in the draft, so the Cowboys would likely need to trade up from No. 10 overall to secure him.

Pitts caught 43 passes for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games during his final season with the Gators in 2020. He won the Mackey Award for the nation’s top tight end and was named a unanimous All-American.

Dallas already boasts a stacked pass-catching group headlined by receivers Amari CooperCeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup, and tight end Dalton Schultz.

Schultz had a strong third season last year, catching 63 passes for 615 yards and four touchdowns despite Dak Prescott missing most of the season due to an ankle injury.

But Jones, who also acts as Dallas’ general manager, has historically been unafraid to make blockbuster moves in the draft to land star players he covets.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is one of the NFL’s most experienced negotiators, but he knows quarterback Dak Prescott will hold most of the cards during offseason talks for a big-money extension.

The Cowboys won just four out of 11 games and missed the playoffs after Prescott suffered a right ankle dislocation and compound fracture in Week 5.

“I don’t know how you could have any more leverage,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday. “… His evolving into an NFL quarterback has been nothing short of a perfect picture. He has great ability, in my mind, to win games. He’s talented. He certainly has the experience, and so he has all the things, as substantiated by what we’ve offered Dak.

“You wouldn’t offer Dak what we offered in the past had you not thought he was very special. The issue is how do you come together? And that’s no stranger to me. I’ve been doing it all my life, I’ve got here putting things together. And we’ve got to get it together.”

Prescott played under a $31.4-million franchise tag this past season after failing to come to terms with Dallas on a new contract. The sticking point was reportedly the length of the deal, with the passer seeking a four-year pact and the Cowboys wanting five years.

While Jones knows Prescott’s value to his team, he emphasized – as the owner did often during last year’s talks – that Dallas needs to be able to build a competitive roster around the signal-caller.

“We have a certain amount, period, that can be paid to players every year. It’s a very competitive thing. The longer the term, the more flexibility you’ve got in any number that you have in a contract,” Jones said. “The planning ahead, the looking ahead at what you can spend, what you can give on any other free agent, that’s your overall planning.”

The Cowboys reportedly offered Prescott an extension worth $34.5 million last season. But even with the salary cap expected to decrease in 2021 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFC East team could be forced to up its proposal.

If Dallas uses the franchise tag again on the 2016 fourth-round pick, it will cost the club $37.7 million.

Prescott was on pace to shatter Peyton Manning’s NFL record of 5,477 passing yards through five games in 2020. His average of 371.2 yards through the air would have resulted in a 5,939-yard campaign over 16 games.

Do the Dallas Cowboys have a Mike McCarthy problem?

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed Tuesday that Mike McCarthy will be Dallas’ head coach next season, calling any questions about his future with the team absurd.

“How ridiculous is this conversation in terms of having any meat on the bone,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.

Jones added: “I don’t think I ever dreamed of Mike not being the coach.”

Dallas sits at a disappointing 4-9 in McCarthy’s first year as the team’s head coach. Jones stressed patience with McCarthy, pointing to slow starts by Cowboys icons Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Calvin Watkins.

Landry started his Cowboys tenure with an 0-11-1 record in 1960 while Johnson endured a 1-15 mark in his first year with Dallas. Both coaches are in the Hall of Fame.

The Cowboys have faced many obstacles in McCarthy’s inaugural campaign, including the loss of star quarterback Dak Prescott to a season-ending injury early in the year. However, Dallas’ defense has struggled this season, allowing a league-worst 30.8 points per game.