FRISCO, Texas — With a variety of common supervisor jobs open throughout the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys have made positive no person will have the ability to lure away Will McClay, agreeing to a brand new contract with their vp of participant personnel, it was introduced Thursday.
Whereas proprietor and common supervisor Jerry Jones has last say, McClay has been the Cowboys’ chief personnel govt since 2014, heading up the group’s draft and free-agent processes and dealing intently with govt vp Stephen Jones.
Since 2014, the Cowboys have drafted 9 gamers who went on to earn Professional Bowl honors: Zack Martin, DeMarcus Lawrence, Byron Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith, Dak Prescott, Leighton Vander Esch, Trevon Diggs and Micah Parsons.
In free company, the Cowboys haven’t signed big-money gamers just lately, however this season discovered worth within the likes of Jayron Kearse, Damontae Kazee, Malik Hooker, Jeremy Sprinkle, Keanu Neal, Carlos Watkins, Tarell Basham and Brent Urban in profitable the NFC East with a 12-5 report.
“Glorious personnel man and a fair higher particular person,” coach Mike McCarthy mentioned earlier this week. “I actually take pleasure in working with Will. I can not say sufficient about him. He is very astute at his strategy and the way the internal workings of the personnel division and the collaboration between Will, Stephen and Jerry. We spend an incredible period of time collectively and I take pleasure in working with him.
“He is clearly somebody that I do know as a company we’d not wish to lose. However he is positively worthy of any alternative that pursues him. Will does an incredible job.”
McClay additionally helps the defensive teaching workers on sport day, and gamers recognize his personnel and training background.
“He is on the bottom flooring with us each single day,” cornerback Jourdan Lewis mentioned Wednesday. “He is at apply day-after-day and I imply we at all times joke backwards and forwards. He is a tremendous thoughts. He is aware of soccer. He is aware of individuals. That is one of many good qualities that he has. He is an ideal choose of individuals and an ideal choose or character. He will get the appropriate man in right here such as you see.
“All these guys, lots of us are draftees that he drafted or helped draft coming right here. You’ll be able to see the productiveness we have had since then. I do know he is garnering lots of consideration too, however on the identical time all people is considering that ring, attending to the Tremendous Bowl.”
The Cowboys’ success this season has led to groups wanting their method. Coordinators Dan Quinn and Kellen Moore have been requested for head-coaching interviews. Moore interviewed nearly final week with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
McClay, 55, is in his twentieth season with the group. He served as a professional scout from 2002 to ’10 whereas additionally teaching the Dallas Desperados of the Area Soccer League. Throughout 2011-12, he was director of soccer analysis earlier than being named assistant director of participant personnel in 2013. He was named senior director of professional/school scouting in 2015 and was given the vp title in 2017.
McClay has had alternatives to speak with different groups lately however has opted to stay with the Cowboys.