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Cowboys announce Jason Garrett’s departure

The Cowboys have finally told Jason Garrett that he won't be back next season, sources told Mike Florio.

The Cowboys made it official Sunday night, announcing shortly after word leaked, that Jason Garrett will not return as their head coach.

Garrett’s contract expires Jan. 14.

“We are extremely grateful to Jason Garrett for his more than 20 years of service to the Dallas Cowboys as a player, assistant coach and head coach,” Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones said in a statement. “His level of commitment, character and dedication to this organization has been outstanding at every stage of his career. In his nine full years as a head coach, he guided our team to three division championships while also having them in position to play for the NFC East title in the last game of the year in four other seasons. His tenure of leadership will be characterized by his ability to produce teams that always played with great effort, emotion and passion, and he represented our organization with great pride, loyalty and respect.

“Jason Garrett’s legacy with the Dallas Cowboys will always be that of someone who strived for greatness every day that he walked through the door, and as someone who instilled the virtues of enthusiasm, hard work and appreciation for the profession in all of the men who played with him and for him.

“He is, and always will remain, a cherished member of the Dallas Cowboys family, and his contributions to the organization are greatly appreciated.”

The search for Garrett’s replacement began before the announcement as the Cowboys interviewed Marvin Lewis and Mike McCarthy in recent days.