Most of the criticism Jerry Jones has taken over the years has been warranted. Assuming he’s manning the controls, or is at least co-piloting the Dallas Cowboys’ offseason, though, Jones is working his way towards an owed apology, if he hasn’t already reached that point.
There’s still work that needs to be done, but the Cowboys have hardly put a foot wrong this offseason and they made another statement move early Sunday by striking a trade for Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
Trading for Cooks and Stephon Gilmore, re-signing defensive starters Donovan Wilson and Leighton Vander Esch, and bringing back backup QB Cooper Rush and special teams ace C.J. Goodwin is an objectively perfect start to free agency … and they haven’t even signed an external free agent yet.
Don’t tell that to Eagles captain Jason Kelce, though.
In sorting NFL players into Hogwarts houses (any Harry Potter fans out there?) on the latest episode of his podcast with brother Travis Kelce, Kelce likened Jerry Jones to the series’ foremost villain, Lord Voldemort.
Talk about awful timing, right?
Eagles captain Jason Kelce compared Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort.
Kelce putting Jones, Tony Romo and all Cowboys in house Slytherin is so fitting. Slytherin is widely viewed as the “villain” house of Harry Potter, while Gryffindor is home to the series’ protagonists, including Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.
Care to guess where Jason put himself, his brother, Jalen Hurts, and Patrick Mahomes? You guessed it: house Gryffindor. He was never going to place his brother in the villain house, but Mahomes? The guy who just beat you in the Super Bowl? Just a testament to how deep the Cowboys-Eagles rivalry runs.
Cowboys fans normally would welcome Jerry Jones criticism, but Kelce’s remarks look downright foolish amid Dallas’ aggressive offseason. Jones is doing excellent work in the front office right now. On top of trading for Cooks and Gilmore, he even mustered the courage to release Ezekiel Elliott, with whom he shares a close bond.
Many Dallas talking heads questioned whether Jones had it in him to release Elliott. After all, Jones has had a history of doing the opposite of what makes sense, like trading Amari Cooper due to his salary, which now looks like great value after the WR market exploded last offseason.
The terms of the Cooks trade sure make it seem like Jones has rectified that blunder, though. Look at these numbers.
Perhaps Jones has turned over a new leaf after another premature playoff exit. It’s not like the Kelce brothers planned to compare Jones to one of the most hated villains of all-time, but this is the worst-possible timing … even if it is somewhat humorous.
Maybe next time, Kelce.