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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sparks Fly In Dallas Standoff

IRVING, Texas -- A simmering feud between Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones and two-time Super Bowl champion coach Jimmy Johnson has gotten to the point where Jones has talked about replacing the coach who restored Dallas to its glory days.

"Statements either of us make now could work against us because it could be used as proof that one of us did the firing or did the quitting," Jones said in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "We have to watch our words so we don't mess around and legally violate our existing contract."

Jones had said he and Johnson will meet Monday for talks that could develop a contractual settlement to allow the coach to leave the team.

The latest battle in their love-hate relationship came last week when Jones threatened to fire Johnson, who has five years left on his $1 million-a-year contract.

Johnson said he was infuriated Jones even mentioned former University of Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer as a successor.

Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman said Saturday he might have declined his eight-year contract had he known the uncertainty of Johnson's future.