Jerry Jones told Randy Galloway yesterday that he has no desire to trade up into the top of picks of this 2008 NFL draft. I was so busy getting the Anthony Fasano interview solid that I didn’t have time to blog about this. The gist of Jones’ concerns have nothing to do with talent risk, but have all to do with the outrageous salaries rookies are getting in the NFL.
“I have no intent at all of moving into the top five,” Jones said, while also stressing this was not a comment on McFadden’s talent, but a fear factor of paying any rookie today’s top-five going rate.
“A team can get crippled, and I mean seriously crippled, from a financial standpoint by being up there in the top five or six. It’s a real negative.
“Nobody wants in there, and the teams in there, they want out. This is a very tough draft anyway when it comes to evaluating the talent, and then trying to match up that with the millions it takes to operate at the top of the draft.”
Jones says Darren McFadden will have to drop to 10th or more before he’d pull the trigger. Well, we all know that is not going to happen. The Jets or the Raiders are likely to draft him, and in fact, the way Al Davis has been throwing around money, we might expect McFadden to land there. Although it is difficult to get the feeling from an article, I sense Jones is being honest here. The problem is there is much evidence contrary to what he says that the Cowboys would trade up for McFadden.
I think this is exciting news, personally. It means Dallas will keep those two first-round picks and draft solid needs. We’ll get a running back somewhere in there, and it will be fun to see who it is and how he plays out with the