"One year from today, we'll see the effects I'm talking about," Jones said. "In today's NFL, having that type of cap room, you can turn a non-playoff team into a contender as we've seen four teams in the last two years end up in the Super Bowl when they weren't in the playoffs the year before."
The Cowboys are 39-41 in the regular season since their last Super Bowl. They're 1-3 in the playoffs and are on their third head coach.
As for their next quarterback, there's no obvious answer. The only ones left on the roster are Anthony Wright, who lost his two starts last year, and Clint Stoerner, who threw just five passes.
Being strapped on the salary cap will make it tough to sign a free agent such as Tony Banks, who visited Tuesday, or Trent Dilfer. The draft may be a better option, although Dallas has no first-round pick.
Whoever takes over will be in a tough spot. Then again, it can't be any tougher than Aikman faced when he was the top overall pick in the 1989 draft and immediately was labeled the franchise's savior.
After losing his first 11 games, Aikman won 90 in the 1990s, the most for any quarterback in any decade.
He won his first seven playoff games and 10 of his first 11. He was the MVP of his first Super Bowl, then joined Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks with at least three Super Bowl victories.
And although fantasy football players weren't enamored with Aikman, he does have impressive career numbers: 2,898 of 4,715 passes (61.5 percent) for 32,942 yards, 165 touchdowns and 141 interceptions. In the playoffs, he was 320-of-502 (63.7 percent) for 3,849 yards, 23 TDs and 17 INTs.