2014 Cowboys Refuse to Add Expensive, Older Players

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Sep 29, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach Todd Wash talks to defensive end Jason Babin (58) in the second quarter of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field. The Indianapolis Colts beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

It was pretty embarrassing to see the reaction of Cowboy Nation last week when 34 year old defensive end, Jason Babin was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. It has been a pleasure for me to report about this being the Cowboys best off-season in a decade. With the exception of defensive end Anthony Spencer, the Cowboys have gotten rid of their older, expensive and often injured players. Cowboy Nation should be excited about this up-coming season because the Cowboys have gotten younger, stronger and faster – especially on the defensive side of the ball. In the process, the Cowboys have eliminated many of their salary cap problems. Thanks to Will McClay, Jerry Jones & team had a very solid 2014 NFL draft with multiple players from major NCAA Division 1 football programs. Why are you not excited? A better question – Why would you want to ruin our progress and go backwards?

When Sean Lee was injured, my heart cried as Cowboy Nation suggested we should sign a 36 year old, retired linebacker. Yes, I’m referring to the chants for Brian Urlacher. We should’ve been suggesting that Urlacher help defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli coach the linebackers, but not become a player! We relived that experience as the Jaguars released Jason Babin.

Sometimes, older players are considered to be a “Stop Gap”. A player that can play until a younger, stronger, faster player can be selected in the next off-season. Babin with the Cowboys wouldn’t have been a “Stop Gap”, he would’ve been a “Step Back”. It’s hard to argue within Cowboy Nation because many of you just love a player with a name. That’s not a bad thing, except when you want old name players.

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