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Dallas Cowboys not biting on Simms rumor

OXNARD, Calif. -- Owner Jerry Jones said there was "nothing there" when asked about the reports of the Dallas Cowboys talking to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers about a trade for former University of Texas quarterback Chris Simms.

Jones refused to talk about Simms, citing tampering rules. He also was firm in denying any sort of trade talks between the teams. According to a source, even if the Cowboys have an interest in Simms, they would wait until the Buccaneers released him rather than trade for him.

Simms appears to be not long for the Tampa Bay roster. It’s also no secret the Cowboys would like to add another young quarterback with NFL experience to the roster.

But coach Wade Phillips said the team is happy with backup Brad Johnson. Phillips admits Johnson is not going to win many beauty pageants with his arm, but he is what the Cowboys want as a backup: a reliable, proven veteran who is going to throw to the right guy and not make mistakes.

"Certainly the arm strength is not what Tony Romo is," Phillips said. “But his experience, his knowing the offense, and he’s a winner, he’s won everything. He’s the guy that has a ring. We feel like we can win with him."

Johnson helped take the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl title in the 2002 season.