Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff has been a pleasant surprise this year since Jason Ferguson was injured early in the year. But even I was surprised to see that the Cowboys gave him a five-year extension worth $20.5 million, including an $8 million signing bonus. Don’t get me wrong, this is good news. I do wonder, once Ferguson returns, if it is smart to have a $28.5 million back up. This signing, in my opinion, also is the kiss of death for Tank Johnson as a Cowboy.
However, there is another player whom fans want to see stay in the blue and silver: wide receiver Patrick Crayton. He has seven touchdowns on only 39 catches for 570 yards. He’s also played injured half the season. Crayton has been a worthy replacement for the injured Terry Glenn, and he deserves an extension as well. I’ll keep an eye on this to see if anything develops soon. We can’t expect Glenn to play another year, and Crayton will come in handy if we need to educate one of the youngsters the Cowboys may snag in this coming draft. Plus, we can expect a contract problem with Terrell Owens, who is likely to want a new contract for more dough.
In other news, the NFL fined linebacker DeMarcus Ware $12,500 for his hit last week on Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna.Ware drew a roughing-the-passer penalty in the firt quarter for lifting Kitna and slamming him to the ground. So, Weasy has less money, folks. Stop asking him to pay your credit debts! He’s been tagged by the NFL!