The rumor mill is either digging deep for some material to cover or Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones is become more and more eccentric. When I say eccentric I actually mean insane. As I dug through the daily Cowboys related news I came across some disturbing articles. Apparently there has been talk about Felix Jones being traded. At first glance I could not believe my eyes. How could they do such a thing? Well crazier things have happened in the past, and I don’t suppose having and aging loon at the ship’s helm will keep crazy things from happening in the future.
One item that I want to point out is that nothing is written in stone. Even though executive vice president Stephen Jones said, “No discussions – or speculation – on the possibility of a trade involving Felix Jones have ever taken place among individuals in this organization who would have the authority to explore such a scenario. Any reports of apparent internal discussions along those lines would involve people who have no input or relevance in the process,” that doesn’t mean pops won’t jump at a chance to even get half of what he got for Herschel Walker. This thing could really go either way.
So here is my bid as to why Jones should stay in Dallas for some time to come:
- With the signing of fullback Lawrence Vickers and the addition of offensive guards Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings to compete with the young offensive linemen already on the roster, the running game should be much improved.
- Who knows how healthy DeMarco Murray will be at the start of the season? What better reason to keep Jones on the roster.
- When Jones is on he is a stone-cold killer, made to eat up defenses on a regular basis.
- Murray cannot handle every carry for the entire season, no matter what anyone says. I believe this is the season we see a solid one-two punch from Murray and Jones.
So under what circumstance would it be acceptable for Jerry Jones and company to trade away an asset of Jones’ caliber? Here are a few instances where I believe it would be acceptable.
- If Jones continues to show the tendency to get injured on a regular basis. As we all know one of the biggest knocks on Jones is that he has trouble staying on the field.
- If a running back-starved team comes calling and offers more than market value for Jones. Remember how crazy everyone thought Jerry Jones was when he shipped Herschel Walker off to Minnesota? Well that turned out pretty good in the end right?
- If one of the top running backs slips in the draft and proves to be too good of a value pick to pass on. If this is the case I could see the Cowboys waiting to see if the rookie can handle the NFL speed of the game. If so, and he performs as well as Murray did last season, we could very well see Jones on the trading block.
In the end the last thing I would want to see is Jones shipped out of town. At the same time I am bracing myself in case crazy old Jerry Jones decides to play super-businessman and make a deal he would probably regret down the road. Either way I have a feeling this offseason will be a colorful one come draft time.