Cowboys' Ace In The Hole For 2014

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Nov 17, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware and actor Gerard Butler pose for a photo before the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

MONEY is the single greatest motivating factor to maximize player effort in major professional sports.  “Show me the money!” isn’t the famous quote from the movie Jerry Maguire without reason.

Loyalty and hometown discounts are a rarity during NFL contract negotiations. Especially dealing with recently injured players, or veterans in the 28-34 age range.

These players typically have fulfilled a few previous contracts, and now realize the next one could be their last big payday.  More often than not, they are correct.

With that in mind, there’s extra pressure to maximize dollars and secure themselves for life beyond football.  Which helps fuel maximum effort as negotiations approach.

The 2014 Dallas Cowboys are in a unique position to receive extraordinary output from many key players.  Several desperately seek to prove current and future worth.

Be it to extend their time in Dallas (avoid release or trade), and/or maximize their value for the upcoming contract negotiations.

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  • SmartThinking

    The thing about getting and keeping all these guys focused on one end goal, i.e., a division title, in my mind, is harder when they’re also in a fight for their jobs. Not easier, as you imply in your last graph.

    Everybody is going to be focused on elevating their individual contributions over working as a team to win that long sought after division championship. Ask each and every one of the guys you’ve mentioned in your article and they’ll tell you how important they view this next season for their careers. Oh. And then, “we’ve gotta win that title.”

    It’s human nature. And it shouldn’t necessarily be a negative if Garrett and the other coaches pick up on it and use it as a tool to achieve their goal, which is the division championship.

    Everybody’s got something to prove this next season. The players will be judged on their individual performance as much or more than their team performance. The coaches, on how much progress they make with the team over the last three or so years.

    As a fan, I just want to see somebody move off dead center and make something positive happen. My sense is, there are coaches, players, and, I’m sure management people who want to see that same thing, too.

    • Kingdaddy2000

      I think you may have forgotten Jason Garrett who should also have something to prove!!!!

  • Old Frog

    I’m OK with so many players fighting for their professional lives. I’m not OK with how Jerry seems to reward one good year with big contracts for players that don’t subsequently live up to it. No secret that I think Dez is a very good receiver but not deserving of superstar money. Ranked 13th last year in total yards and yards per game but tied for first for most fumbles (3) of all receivers in the NFL. He may be saying “show me the money” but I remain skeptical. Smith, on the other hand, needs to get paid.

  • Guy Smith