Jaguars job intrigues Johnson

December 31, 1993|By Dallas Morning News

DALLAS -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson said yesterday that he would consider potential overtures from the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars about becoming the franchise's first head coach and general manager.

But there appears only a remote chance the coach who led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl championship would be available to Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver.

During an interview with ESPN, Johnson said he would be "intrigued" by any Jaguars interest.

Asked later about that statement, Johnson said, "I was asked about Jacksonville, and what I said instead of the standard line was that any time you have a job, you're willing to listen to other opportunities."

But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has Johnson committed to Dallas through 1999 under terms of a fully guaranteed contract that will provide him an average of $1 million annually for five more seasons.

Jones, who repeatedly has said he would not allow Johnson to coach another NFL team during that term, would have to approve before the Jaguars could approach Johnson.

Then, if Johnson decided to leave the Cowboys, he would have to persuade Jones to rescind his remaining contract. At that point, Jones almost certainly would demand cash and draft choices from a Jaguars team scheduled to start play in the 1995 season.

"We don't have enough draft picks to give a lot of draft picks and the NFL already took most of our money," Weaver said. "We really haven't talked to anyone about our coaching situation."

Johnson apparently has recommended to Weaver that Dallas offensive coordinator Norv Turner be considered as a head coach.

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