Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones admitted Tuesday that there are some high-priced contracts that, in retrospect, never should have been offered because it hindered the team's ability to win championships in the salary-cap era.
"We should have been knocking on the door and we haven't and I have no excuses, it starts here," Jones said during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan. "But we have not. I know that to the extent that we have a healthy (Tony) Romo, our best chance to get back to the Super Bowl is a healthy Romo."

To be clear, the Cowboys' last Super Bowl appearance came during the 1995 season. In the 18 years since, they've qualified for the postseason seven times. And quarterback Tony Romo, who was a sophomore in high school in '95, has a 1-3 postseason record.

Dallas finished 8-8 in each of the last three seasons, a Week 17 loss knocking them out of the playoffs every time. But from 2006 to 2009, the team made three postseason trips, although they never came close to returning to the Super Bowl. And that bothers Jones.