After a decade of nonstop chatter, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wouldn't come to the phone last week to discuss Deion Sanders. Laryngitis? No. Jones is suffering from a badly impacted salary cap. Sanders, 31, has missed 15 games in the last four seasons. He just had delicate toe surgery, and doctors don't know when he'll be able to return. His guaranteed five-year, $25 million deal expires after next season, and Sanders had been angling for a contract extension. Jones must wonder about the wisdom of cutting such a deal. Another move—cutting Sanders—might make more sense. Dallas can't waive Sanders without his O.K. until he passes a physical, which he won't be able to do until this summer at the earliest. Under cap rules, the Cowboys would save $4.8 million on their '99 cap if they cut Sanders after June 1—money they could use to sign free agent cornerbacks Ashley Ambrose and Ryan McNeil, plus the pass rusher the Cowboys desperately need. Can Dallas do without Prime Time? Stay tuned.