9. Jerry Jones Loyalty
As die-hard Dallas Cowboys fans, we all know owner and general manger (and I use that title loosely) Jerry Jones is too loyal to his players. He signs them to big, long contracts and refuses to releases them when they underperform. I can see it now. Jones floating on a door in the middle of the ocean, like that scene from Titanic: “I’ll never let go Miles! I’ll never let go!”
Jones often makes decision from the heart. He has developed a unique owner/player relationship that you don’t often see elsewhere. And when it’s time to “cut the cord”, Jones often hesitates.
A great example might be the end of Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith’s career. Smith was more than a couple years past his prime before Jones decided to “let him go”. And despite how hard it was to see #22 in a Cardinals’ uniform, holding on to the past hurt the Cowboys future.
But I do admit, Jones seems more apt to part with players under the regime of head coach Jason Garrett. Then again, Garrett is still in Dallas after two back-to-back 8-8 seasons. So there’s that. Bottom line: Jones’ rose-colored glasses, which are currently being cleaned by his son-in law, will always see Austin as that amazing undrafted find. Trading him away would be like giving away his own child.