Amid the annual NFL frenzy, the Dallas Cowboys have signed staff czar Will McClay to a new contract, the team announced Thursday, Jan. 13.
The signing was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
“One of the top GM candidates that hasn’t been mentioned often is #Cowboys VP of Player Personnel Will McClay. From what I understand he is expected to remain in Dallas while the team strikes a deal to keep him,” Rapoport tweeted Thursday. “A big step is coming for the cowboys.”
Details of McClay’s pact are not available at this time – although it can be assumed it will include a hefty pay rise – and are unlikely to be made public. But this much is known: The agreement ensures that McClay stays in Dallas and again rejects soliciting outside suitors.
“McClay had received open interest from other organizations GM Positions,” Mike Leslie of the WFAA reported.
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There aren’t many more deserving candidates for general manager than McClay, who has worked in the Cowboys’ front office for the past two decades – first as scouting coordinator (2009-2010), then as director of football research (2011-13), assistant director of Player Personnel (2014-17) and finally Vice President of Player Personnel, a position he accepted in 2018.
The 55-year-old is the right-hand man of owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones, who are widely respected in the industry. Every year interested NFL parties try to free him from the clutches of the Joneses. And every year, McClay refuses to explore the possibilities. For good reason.
“I’m very happy with my role with the Cowboys. It’s a family and I want to be a part of building a number of successful championship teams,” said McClay said Mike Fisher of SI.com. “One of my goals is to be a part of something that helps Mr. Jones win a Super Bowl here very soon.
“I love it here. I love the organization and the things we do.”
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… the Cowboys probably have the most rosters in the NFL. He was the driving force behind the club’s biggest hits, including guard Zack Martin and linebacker Micah Parsons. Due to his skill, Dallas is consistently competitive, ending this season with a 12-5 record and an NFC East title.
Martin, Parsons and cornerback Trevon Diggs were named first-team All-Pro selections by the Associated Press on Friday, Jan. 14. These players were also nominated to the 2022 Pro Bowl along with Tyron Smith and punter Bryan Anger.