Some observers are questioning the tactics of the Dallas Cowboys and Bill Parcells, in dealing out of the first round, and not addressing their need for a tailback until choosing Julius Jones of Notre Dame with the 43rd overall choice. But people who have spoken to Parcells the past few weeks knew he considered Jones, an underachiever at times in college but a guy who began moving up after an impressive combine performance, an intriguing guy. In fact, in the ESPN.com "Draft Rumor Central" earlier this week, it noted that Parcells would strongly consider Jones in the second round if the Cowboys hadn't yet addressed the tailback issue. Parcells had been telling confidants that, of all the tailbacks he researched, Jones had authored the most "explosive plays" in 2003. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, by the way, said Saturday evening that the club is no longer offering left guard Larry Allen in trade talks. Parcells had noted that, if the Cowboys did not get their asking price for the perennial Pro Bowl performer, he would not just give him away. And don't expect the Cowboys to release Allen after June 1, either, when the team can ameliorate its salary cap exposure on him for 2004. Parcells has no designs on releasing Allen during the summer.