Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seems more likely to gamble on Tony Romo than to settle for a future franchise quarterback.
If five years ago Dallas Cowboys fans were told that Jerry Jones would be in San Francisco along with DeMarcus Ware in 2016, they would’ve been confident it was to challenge for the team’s sixth Super Bowl title.
Unfortunately, the picture isn’t quite that. Instead Jones, alongside son and executive vice president Stephen, attended the NFL Honors ceremony. And Ware, a Cowboys fan favorite, would don the orange Broncos colors and help Denver to a Super Bowl winning performance over the Carolina Panthers.
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The concept that Ware was finished as a player when he departed Dallas in 2014 couldn’t have been more wrong. With two sacks and three tackles in the Super Bowl alone, it took a sensational performance from fellow Broncos defense linebacker Von Miller to keep the MVP title from Ware’s grasp.
Cowboys fans are united in their delight at seeing Ware get the silverware that a player of his caliber deserves, but for Jones it has to be bitter sweet. This was meant to be his team striking gold in 2016.
"“I want to be here so bad,” Jones told SportsDay. “We tried to do it this year. We didn’t get here. We’ll keep trying to get it done. We got to be able to stop them.”"
Jones continues to suggest the team are all in on quarterback Tony Romo.
"“I’m just counting on Tony to come back and have some of the greatest years, if not the best years, of his career.”"
This surely makes it increasingly unlikely the team will look to draft the likes of Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch etc at number 4 in this years draft.
"“We want to make sure that we’ve got [Romo] the supporting cast. Defense is a big part of that.”"
The Cowboys gambled on signing Greg Hardy in 2015, whether he stays in Dallas or not remains to be seen. If not then the addition of Joey Bosa could be too good to pass on.
Or take Jalen Ramsey – a cornerback prospect who can establish a partnership with last years first round pick Byron Jones in the Cowboys secondary for the foreseeable future.
Flip the coin and look at the offense. Terrance Williams failed to step up while Dez Bryant was absent. If Laquon Treadwell became a Cowboy the team could have one of the most dominant 1-2 receivers in the league.
And while Darren McFadden was solid and surprisingly healthy in his first year in Dallas, Ezekiel Elliott is a prospect causing many a draftnik to question their usual concept in not drafting a running back in the top ten.
The point? Elliott, Treadwell, Jack, Ramsey and Bosa would all contribute now. They’d be part of that Romo supporting cast that Jerry speaks of. Goff, Wentz, Lynch are for the future.
For Jerry, it’s win now or go home territory. Gamble on Romo remaining healthy and go for glory. Or look to the future #9 and bide time. More mediocrity could be coming.
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