"In a legitimate negotiation you usually have both of them thinking ranges," Jones said to the Dallas Morning News. "You have both of them in brackets. You have both of them thinking brackets and within the parameters how you get a deal done. And you can usually tell if one or the other is outside the parameters significantly and then there really is - usually both parties to a negotiation know because they've bracketed and realize they're not in sync with the bracket, then they know for whatever the reasons something else has got to play in."
Murray ran for league-high 1,845 yards on 392 carries and 13 touchdowns, adding 57 receptions for 416 yards in the passing game.
"Murray is such a warrior and Murray is such a horse, he'd actually get upset if you took him out of the game," Jones said. "But it was [not] the thing to do for Murray to let those guys have more touches. … I don't think we would go into a season now with Murray thinking that he was going to have the load that he had last year. I don't believe we would."
Murray ran for a league-leading 1,845 yards in the regular season and was named offensive player of the year. Although he wants to stick to the blueprint of running the ball, Jones noted that Murray's carries and yards per carry average diminished at the end of 2014, and that he won't give his workhorse back the same load again if he's back with the Cowboys in 2015, per the Star-Telegram.
Murray, who reportedly turned down a four-year, $16 million offer from the team earlier this offseason, is set to hit the open market on March 10.
Jones also indicated that the Cowboys are more interested in placing the franchise tag on Bryant than Murray.
"Right now all things being equal, it's leaning more Dez with the franchise than it is not," Jones said. "But that doesn't mean it will stay that way.
"We don't ever want to give up on a long-term deal," Jones said. "It's something we worked on all of last year and it kind of cooled off once we got into the season. We'll continue to see what our options are and things happen quickly as you go along. Things can go along with a lot not going on, but all of a sudden it happens."
Bryant has expressed his interest in staying with the team in 2015, and a franchise tag could give both sides enough time to negotiate a long-term contract. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, he is unlikely to participate in offseason activities if he is tagged. Last season, Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns. The tag for receivers cost $12.3 million this season.
"Obviously I think they want me here," Murray said. "I want to be here. It's just finding the ... just what helps them, what helps me. Things like that. I think both sides want to be here, so I think we'll see where it goes."
Murray is planning on being very involved in the upcoming contract negotiations.
"I'm very patient so ... if that's the process I have to go through, then that's the process I have to go through," Murray said.
Murray ran for a league-leading 1,845 yards in the regular season and was named offensive player of the year.
"At the end of the day, it's all about respect, and I think different people show their appreciation in different ways," Murray said. "I don't need a pat on the back. I don't need someone telling me how good I am on a constant basis and whatnot like that. I understand my value, so to speak, and I understand what I bring to the table."
“You can’t have it all," he told NBC5 at an event Friday night. "But on the other hand, you can try to have it all. You have to make sure you’re making the right decisions on who gets the assets, which in this particular case, it’s the room under the salary cap.”
Bryant, who caught 16 touchdown passes, and Murray, the NFL's leading rusher, are both scheduled to hit free agency. The Cowboys could use the franchise tag on Bryant.
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