The Dallas Cowboys' window for contending is closing, and Jerry Jones sees it.
The team's owner told the NFL Network that he is concerned about wasting the prime years for some of his players.
"My window is getting shorter. Time goes by," Jones told NFL Network. "I do feel real pressure because we do have players not only in (quarterback) Tony Romo, but (tight end) Jason Witten (and outside linebacker) DeMarcus Ware, to leave out several that are (also) in the prime of their career. And we need to strike and strike soon with those guys.
"(Coach) Jason Garrett feels exactly the same way about it and understands how urgent it is. Candidly, you're looking through rose-colored glasses if we all don't realize that now is the time to compete on the field."
The Cowboys won three Super Bowls in the 1990s, but have only one playoff win in the previous 15 seasons. They missed the playoffs in each of the last two years.
Jones thought the Cowboys could challenge for a Super Bowl last season until a New Year's Day loss to the New York Giants with the NFC East title and a playoff berth in the balance. Seeing the Giants win a championship reinforced his belief that the Cowboys could contend.
"When we see a team like the Giants come back with nine (regular) season wins and be world champion, then we know it's there for most clubs," Jones told NFL Network.
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