Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones hires Jimmy Johnson as general manager

Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Fox Sports broadcaster Jimmy Johnson before Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Fox Sports broadcaster Jimmy Johnson before Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones allegedly steps down as general manager and hires former head coach Jimmy Johnson to take the position.

*This post was originally published on April 1, 2017.

Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones and former head coach Jimmy Johnson won two Super Bowl championships together in the early 1990’s. But after a very public split back in 1994, the two have seemingly had a very tenuous relationship ever since.

Although the bromance between Jones and Johnson appeared to have soften in recent years, the two apparently rekindled their friendship in late February while attending the Cowboys 25th year reunion for their first Super Bowl win together back in 1992.

"“Yes it is good with Jimmy Johnson,” Jones told the Dallas Morning News. “It’s very good. Jimmy and I really understand the circumstances. To some degree we have a good feel for each other. I’ve always had to overlook his foils. [laughing] But he’s had to overlook mine too.”"

Now, it appears that reunion sparked more than just a casual reconnnection between the two former Arkansas Razorback teammates.

Unconfirmed reports coming out of Dallas are now indicating that the 74-year old Jones has officially stepped down as general manager of the team, a title he’s held since purchasing the legendary franchise back in 1989. And in his place, the Cowboys have hired Johnson to take the reigns of America’s Team as it’s new general manager.

This yet unconfirmed hiring apparently answers the questions surrounding the future of Johnson as a longtime studio co-host of FOX NFL Sunday, as the 73-year old’s contract was apparently ending soon. Johnson was the head coach for the Cowboys from 1989 to 1993.

This is potentially exciting news for Cowboys fans as Johnson is most credited for making the legendary Herschel Walker trade back in 1989. Nicknamed the Great Trade Robbery, the transaction between Dallas and the Minnesota Vikings involved 18 different players and future draft selection. And that trade laid the foundation for the Cowboys’ three Super Bowl championships in the early 1990’s.

So, what will Johnson’s first move be as general manager in Dallas?  Apparently, it involves veteran quarterback Tony Romo, whom many believed would be traded or released this offseason.

"“My first act as general manager will be to reinstate Romo as the Cowboys starting quarterback,” Jones told the Dallas Midday Telegraphs’ Rick Astley. “And if you believe that, you must have no idea what day it is. [laughs]”"

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As you might have guessed by now, the above story is completely fictional. Happy April Fools day from all of us at The Landry Hat!