News: JJT: Bryant Gets Second Chance/ Jones: Too Bad About Chad

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  1. LaTunaNostra

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    Bryant gets a second chance
    Cowboys receiver will be in camp after meetings with Parcells, Jones

    12:01 AM CDT on Tuesday, July 27, 2004

    By JEAN-JACQUES TAYLOR / The Dallas Morning News

    IRVING – Seven weeks after Antonio Bryant hurled a sweaty jersey in Bill Parcells' face during a practice altercation, the third-year receiver met with the Cowboys coach for about 45 minutes to discuss the incident.

    Owner Jerry Jones, who also met individually with Bryant for 20 minutes Monday, said both meetings went well.

    Jones said Bryant will report to training camp Friday in Oxnard, Calif., with the rest of the team.

    "He wants to be on the team, and he has put in the kind of commitment it takes to be part of the team," Jones said. "He's someone that can help us."

    Parcells arrived at the club's training complex about 8 a.m. Bryant arrived about 90 minutes later.

    Jones, who said it has not been determined if Bryant would be fined, declined to divulge the details of his conversation with Bryant.

    Bryant and Parcells could not be reached for comment.

    "I'm delighted the meeting went well, and Antonio is relieved," said Lamont Smith, Bryant's agent. "I hope they can forge a new, productive relationship that can go on from here."

    Bryant, a second-round pick in 2002, became angry during practice June 8 because he was doing extra repetitions. Initially, he argued with Keyshawn Johnson and receivers coach Todd Haley.

    Then Bryant took off his jersey and threw it at Parcells' feet. The coach threw it back at Bryant, who then fired it at Parcells' head.

    "You have to conduct yourself with the team's best interest at heart," Jones said. "When it comes to getting another opportunity, if your heart is in the right place, you should have a second chance."

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    Jones: Too bad about Chad
    Owner says he's sorry things didn't work out for QB Hutchinson

    11:58 PM CDT on Monday, July 26, 2004

    By JEAN-JACQUES TAYLOR / The Dallas Morning News

    IRVING – Owner Jerry Jones said he's sorry Chad Hutchinson never became the Cowboys' quarterback of the future, but he has no regrets about signing him to a contract three years ago.

    The Cowboys intend to waive Hutchinson this week after failing to trade him.

    "The effort was to find a situation that would be the best fit for him," Jones said. "That way, he would have more control over the situation than if he went through the waiver process. We wanted to give him a more ideal situation to compete."

    Hutchinson got a $3.1 million bonus when he signed with the Cowboys after four years as a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He started nine games as a rookie with the Cowboys, going 2-7 with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.

    Coach Bill Parcells split practice repetitions between Quincy Carter and Hutchinson in training camp last summer. Carter won the competition and helped Dallas to a 10-6 record and its first playoff appearance since 1999.

    In March, the Cowboys traded for former Michigan star Drew Henson. In June, Dallas signed veteran Vinny Testaverde.

    With Carter and promising Tony Romo on the roster, there was no room for Hutchinson.

    "Chad did have opportunities," Jones said. "Critics would say he had the opportunities too early. His lack of experience hampered him. I'm sorry it didn't work out here."

    Just in time: Owner Jerry Jones said he woke up Sunday morning thrilled that he had Eddie George under contract.

    "We almost didn't do it Friday because his agent had some problems getting into town. So we almost waited until Monday," Jones said. "If we hadn't signed him on Friday, and Ricky Williams had announced his retirement over the weekend, can you imagine how difficult it would have been to sign Eddie George on Monday?"

    Briefly: Roster moves: The Cowboys waived defensive tackle Willie Blade and tight end James Whalen. ... The Cowboys agreed to terms with fifth-round pick Sean Ryan and seventh-round selections Patrick Crayton and Jacques Reeves. Ryan, a tight end, and Crayton, a wide receiver, got three-year deals for the minimum salary of $230,000, $305,000 and $385,000. Crayton received a $37,750 signing bonus. Reeves, a cornerback, got a two-year deal for the minimum with a $22,333 bonus. ... Safety Darren Woodson is to have surgery to remove a degenerative disk in his back today. He's expected to miss six to eight weeks. ... Owner Jerry Jones and coach Bill Parcells will leave for training camp in Oxnard, Calif., this morning. ... Safety Roy Williams has started a foundation to help single mothers.

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    Keep'em coming.

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