Any team hoping to have a chance to woo Will McClay of the Dallas Cowboys is out of luck, not that either has had a real chance to do so anyway. With the NFL having seen the first Monday after the regular season come up with a list of head coach and general manager layoffs (and one retirement), those same clubs have now put their feet right on the ground by requesting interviews for capable minds, and that pushing McClay’s name to the forefront of the conversation – as is typically the case with the highly talented and coveted VP of Player Personnel in Dallas.
However, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. McClay and Cowboys agree to contract extension, the team announced Thursday. McClay joined the organization in 2009 as Professional Recruitment Coordinator before experiencing success and several promotions leading to his current role.
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It takes one of football’s best recruiting and staffing minds out of the equation of anyone who thought they had a word with him, something owner Jerry Jones has no interest in letting happen. Known for once famously declaring “I don’t have hand cramps when writing checks,” the Hall of Fame owner knows his bread is buttered by what McClay does in the NFL Draft, and that the team would likely be toast for years without him helping alongside the Joneses. And when it comes to the GM title, McClay has never been in a rush to care – given the enormous power he has within the Cowboys organization that is only surpassed by the Joneses. themselves.
Add to that the fact that McClay and his family, especially his children, have very deep roots in the North Texas community and moving would mean uprooting; and that’s something McClay has no interest in doing. So not only were other clubs swimming upstream in the financial offer they would have made to McClay, that flow being Jerry Jones’ bottomless bank account and the passionate desire to keep McClay in the building, but they would also have struggling to convince him to step away from his stature with the team and force his family to move would have been worth it as well.
It’s something the Houston Texans, for example, tried recently, but to no avail, when McClay turned down an interview for their GM role a few years ago. Pulling McClay away from North Texas won’t happen in 2022, and depending on the contract he and the Cowboys land on, not in the near future either.
McClay is responsible for compiling a roster of impact players who include the future Hall of Fame and most recently the clear lock NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year to Micah Parsons with Machine intercept Trevon Diggs – as well as Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, Zack Martin, DeMarcus Lawrence, etc. etc. etc .; and is also responsible for helping the Cowboys agree on Amari Cooper’s trade. It’s not a spirit that the Cowboys are willing to let have a single word with another club and, as such, do their best to slam the door as we speak.
Jones is now focused on trying to have the same success with Dan Quinn and Kellen Moore, as interest in the two coordinators grows over the next few weeks.