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Jerry Jones reveals his plan for the Takk Mckinley situation

California’s OXNARD – As a result of what the Dallas Cowboys perceive to be “inside knowledge,” Takkaris McKinley, a free agent defensive end, paid the team a visit on Saturday. However, we’ll put a stop to rumours that a signing is close to happening.

“Obviously we have him here for a reason. We’re very interested in him,” COO Stephen Jones said.

In the meantime, a source tells CowboysSI.com that McKinley is considering a “tour” of teams that might be interested in signing him, a list that could include the Browns and the Arizona Cardinals. McKinley recently suffered a torn Achilles injury that caused his 2021 season with the Cleveland Browns to be cut short.

The 6-2-250 pass-rusher McKinley, 26, “has a chance to play this year,” according to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “We’ll see where we go from here.”

Even after Randy Gregory left for Denver, the Dallas Cowboys are confident they have solutions at the defensive end. DeMarcus Lawrence is at one end, and rookie Sam Williams may win the job at the other end against competition from Lawrence, Dorance Amstrong, Tarell Basham, and Dante Fowler. Like McKinley, Fowler has a connection to this team because Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was Atlanta’s head coach when McKinley was selected there.

In his first two NFL seasons, McKinley, who the Falcons selected 26th overall in 2017, exploded into the scene with a total of 13 sacks. In 60 games, he has 20 career sacks. But since then, he has moved about the league a bit and is now seeking a fresh start.

“We had him in for a visit, loved him coming out,” said Stephen Jones. Jones added that Dallas Cowboys is “a huge fan … of the way he plays the gameplay temperament, play style. And then of course the obvious: Dan coached him. We’ve got a lot of inside knowledge there, too. You can’t have enough guys who can rush the passer.”

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