Tell me this doesn’t sound familiar to Dallas’ plight the last few seasons:
In ’89, the year of this deal, the Vikings would advance to the playoffs with a record of 10-6, but were destroyed by eventual Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers by a score of 41-13. Walker was a complete non-factor in helping Minnesota move passed the NFL’s best.
In ’90, the Vikings got off to a 1-6 start before losing their last four games of the regular season. Minnesota would finish a highly disappointing 6-10 and obviously missed the playoffs altogether. Walker was again irrelevant.
In ’91, the Vikings would finish a mediocre 8-8 and failed for the second straight season to even make the playoffs, let alone qualify for the Super Bowl.
By 1992 Walker was no longer wearing purple and gold as the Cowboys were still reaping the benefits of all of those Vikings draft picks as they prepared to win the first of three Super Bowls in a four-year span that same year.
Yes, the Vikings suffered in much the same way that Dallas has given the mediocrity, loss of high draft picks and not even getting what was expected of just one experienced veteran who was brought in as his prime was quickly fading.
Jones has run the Cowboys into the ground, especially where draft picks and the salary cap are concerned and the only way to fix that is to make a U-turn right now. This includes keeping draft picks, as opposed to giving them away, and also discontinuing the tendency to overpay players who are either unproven long-term or are simply not going to get better.
It doesn’t really matter what Bryant would be worth, at least in terms of draft picks. I’m simply stating that Jones should be already trying to find out what that might be. Bryant’s true value would be determined by a given buyer and nothing else.
Whether it be a second, third or fourth round pick, Dallas needs young football players to fill the numerous holes left by Jones and his irresponsible decisions that directly contradict the strategy that enabled him to win anything back in the ’90s.
Like Walker at one time, Bryant is the best young, yet experienced, offensive player on the Cowboys roster.
Sometimes the only way to move forward is to let go and simply take a step back—it’s not like wide receivers can’t be found in today’s pass-happy NFL, right?
One more thing: Dallas has yet to have a winning record in four seasons with the former Oklahoma State receiver.