By: Joe D.
Anquan Boldin, along with a 5th round pick, was traded Friday night to the Baltimore Ravens for 3rd and 4th round draft picks. Boldin also signed a 4 year contract valued at $28 million with $10 million in guaranteed money. In regards to salary, Boldin now earns nearly as much as the Cowboys’s highest paid WR, Roy Williams.
This trade is on the heels of the Braylon Edwards trade to the NY Jets for a conditional 3rd (could become a 2nd round pick) and a 5th round choice. WR Chansi Stuckey and LB Jason Trusnik were traded to Cleveland in the deal.
Cowboys fans are all aware that they overpaid for Roy Williams, giving up a 1st and a 3rd round pick (the Cowboys 6th round pick for the Lions 7th round pick are a wash). There is no reason to continuing beating that horse, unless it is to upset a member of PETA. The trade is only 8 years since the Cowboys traded 2 first round draft picks for Joey Galloway. The question is, how can such a shrewd business man like Jerry Jones not understand the market value of a “star” wide receiver.
Jones has been a shrewd buyer and seller during the draft. In 2004, the Cowboys traded out of the 1st round and acquired the Bills’s 2nd round pick and 2005 1st round pick. In 2005, the Cowboys drafted Marcus Spears with the Bills pick. What many fans may not know, is that Bill Parcells, the head coach at the time, was nearly adamant that they should draft Spears with the Cowboys 11th overall pick. It was Jones who convinced Parcells that it would be prudent to draft DeMarcus Ware at 11, and wait for Spears to fall to the 20th pick.
In 2007, the Cowboys traded out of the first round, picking up the Browns 2nd and 2008’s 1st round pick. The Cowboys eventually traded back into the first round drafting Anthony Spencer. The Browns first round pick in 2008 became Felix Jones.
I suppose the moral of the above is “Once burned, twice shy.” Jerry Jones must have 3rd degree burns. Get well Jerry, the Cowboys need a good draft in April.