The Dallas Cowboys will begin work on their new training complex in Frisco on Thursday.
So what will happen to the current site in Valley Ranch when they move in 2016?
“Good question,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “We’ll do something with it. Obviously, we own it. As you know, we have real estate in other places and know what to do with it. It’s not going to sit here like this. It could be apartments, more than likely.”
Jones, however, was more interested in talking about the future sight and the excitement surrounding the 91-acre headquarters development the team is building with the Frisco school district.
“We’re not going to have a public groundbreaking, but they’re doing some work,” Jones said. “It will hopefully be state of the art and best in class, and we’re excited to get with it.”
When the Cowboys began work on AT&T Stadium in Arlington, they visited some of the top stadiums in the world to get ideas. Jones said the same thing was done when looking for a new training headquarters, visiting other NFL teams as well top colleges.
“It will be different,” Jones said. “Technology, layout, as you can see around here, we’re obviously looking for space. Not huge differences, only so many different things you can do with a locker room and how to access the field and equipment rooms and training rooms and weight rooms. At one time, this was going to be moved as part of the stadium.”
The headquarters will include two outdoor practice fields that will be reserved exclusively for the Cowboys and a multiuse indoor sports complex for high school football games, Cowboys practices and possibly Cowboys training camp.
The Cowboys have all their draft picks signed and in the fold more than a month before training camp after second-round selection DeMarcus Lawrence signed his contract Wednesday.
Lawrence’s agent, David Canter, initially tweeted the news of the former Boise State defensive end’s signing. The Cowboys later confirmed the four-year deal worth $5.5 million, including $3.9 million guaranteed and a $2.32 million signing bonus.
Lawrence is expected to replace the departed DeMarcus Ware as the Cowboys’ primary pass rusher in 2014.
Dallas traded its 47th overall pick in the second round and their No. 78 overall pick in the third round to Washington to move up to No. 34 overall for Lawrence.
The club also waived rookie free agent tight end Evan Wilson of Illinois from injured reserve.
It wasn’t just the temperatures that were heated at Cowboys minicamp on Tuesday. Defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford was involved in fight with center Travis Frederick during team drills.
“It’s a man’s game,” Crawford said. “With me coming off my injury, everybody was trying to disrespect me. He didn’t come too hard at all. It was just the way he grabbed me by my head. I was really upset.”
Several punches were thrown and a few other teammates got involved, but the incident was over as quickly as it started, leaving no hard feelings.
“Oh yeah. We’re friends,” Crawford said.