The Dallas Cowboys unveiled the name of their new home in Frisco on Tuesday. They will call the entire 91-acre, mixed-use development project “The Star in Frisco, Texas.”
“It’s something that we think is certainly classy, timeless and special,” Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said during a press conference at AT&T Stadium. “The Star in Frisco will not only be the home of the world headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys, but our 12,000-seat multi-use facility that many athletes and student-athletes for years to come get to be a part of, and can call the Star home. In addition to that, The Star in Frisco is going to be home of the Omni hotel not to mention the many people who will office there as well as enjoy a lot of multi-use retail development in terms of what’s to come.”
The Cowboys, Frisco and Frisco ISD announced a partnership Aug. 13, 2013, and ground was broken on the project Aug. 22, 2014. The Cowboys will make the move from Valley Ranch in 2016.
The city of Frisco and Frisco ISD will contribute $115 million to build the indoor stadium and the team’s training facility and headquarters.
Defensive tackle Josh Brent could see his first game action in almost two years when the Cowboys play the New York Giants on Nov. 23, owner Jerry Jones said. The Cowboys activated Brent on Tuesday, waiving linebacker Tim Dobbins to make room on the 53-player roster.
“It’s strictly football,” Stephen Jones said. “If we didn’t think he could help us, we wouldn’t have [moved him to the 53]. That’s a tough way of saying it, but it’s business, and your best 53 players make the team. We obviously feel like he’s one of our best 53. We think over the course of his work here the last few weeks, we think he deserves to have a spot.”
Brent was convicted of vehicular manslaughter in the Dec. 12, 2012, death of teammate Jerry Brown. He served a 10-game suspension but has been practicing since Oct. 29 and was allowed to travel with team to London last week.
Believing in Dez
Owner Jerry Jones dismissed an NFL Network report that the Cowboys are holding up negotiations because of concerns about the receiver’s off-field issues.
“What we want to do is have an agreement for the rest of Dez’s career,” Jones said. “To me that says a lot about off-the-field concerns if we want him on the Dallas Cowboys for the rest of his career. There is more to consider than just how good a player [he is]. There’s more to consider than performance. He represents the star. I’m real impressed with how he’s evolved over the last several years, or we wouldn’t be in serious contract negotiations with him. ... I do look for us to get something done with Dez.”
Stephen Jones said the team has not started negotiations with Bryant’s new agent. The receiver recently hired Jay Z’s Roc Nation to represent him, with CAA agent Tom Condon charged with negotiating Bryant’s new contract.
“I have a lot of confidence we will [get a long-term deal done],” Stephen Jones said. “I think Dez wants to be here, and I know we want him here.”
Bryant is in the final year of his rookie contract, which pays him a base salary of $1.78 million this season. The Cowboys could use the franchise tag on Bryant, which would pay him more than $12 million next season but would not provide him with the long-term security he seeks. Bryant has said he would be “highly disappointed” for the Cowboys to use the franchise tag on him.
Jerry Jones said a new deal for Bryant doesn’t mean DeMarco Murray will have a new home next season. The running back, whose 1,233 yards leads the NFL, is in the final year of his rookie deal, paying him a base salary of $755,469 this season.
“The facts are they’re young, healthy and having great years,” Jerry Jones said of Bryant and Murray.
• Cornerback Tyler Patmon will miss 2-4 weeks with an injuries to his MCL and his ankle, Jerry Jones said. Starting safety J.J. Wilcox has a shoulder injury that is less serious, and Jones said Wilcox might be available for the team’s next game Nov. 23.
• The Cowboys have until Thursday to make a decision on defensive tackle Amobi Okoye. They can place him on the active roster, release him or keep him on the reserve/non-football illness list. He has been practicing since Oct. 23, resuming his career after surviving anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a brain condition that causes memory issues and seizures.