Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has thrown money at free agents or mortgaged the future of the team to trade for a single player, but has he changed?
For years the Dallas Cowboys front office has made blockbuster trades, or went after the most high-profile free agents. Since the Cowboys last went to the Super Bowl, Jerry Jones has struggled to piece together another championship team.
Cowboys fans have been led by false hopes since trading away a fortune in draft picks for wide receiver Joey Galloway. After coming from Seattle, Galloway had a mediocre stint with the Cowboys after never going over 1,000 yards in a single season.
Another big name wide receiver to make a stop in Dallas was the infamous Terrell “T.O.” Owens, maybe Jerry Jones got what he paid for statically. Owens was one of the most productive receivers in the NFL during his time with Cowboys.
The problem with Owens was his hyper persona, and his inability to have a filter in his words. Some may say his personality caused a rift in the locker room and hindered their chances of ever being a serious contender.
Jones had a weakness for receivers as a few years later after signing Owens, Jerry traded the future for star wide receiver Roy Williams. Williams seemed to be the perfect fit for the Cowboys a stellar athlete, born and raised in Texas, and grew up a Cowboys fan
Not only did Jones trade a first round, third round and sixth round pick for Williams but Jones soon re-signed the receiver to six-year $54 million contract. Williams only lasted three years in Dallas never reaching over 600 yards in a single season.
Now in 2017 Jerry Jones has released long-time quarterback Tony Romo, in which his relationship with Romo went far beyond the football field.
When free agency started, Jones refrained from restructuring contracts that could put the team in a bad position in the future. Instead he let three veteran starters from the secondary walk away and sign with other teams.
The 2017 trade deadline comes and goes yet Mr. Jones stays put without making a move. Even in the face of running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s six-game suspension, experts calling for needs in the secondary, a running back to replace Elliott or a receiver to help bolster the offense. Still Jerry stood strong and confident in his current team and the future of the franchise.
Owner Jerry Jones has come along way from the 2000’s and may have started to adapt to current state of the NFL. The past couple of years have shown his strides and commitment to making the Dallas Cowboys great again.