Well, here we go again.
It was agent free time, and the Dallas Cowboys were active, having contracted a wide receiver. Its reported that Michael Gallup is re-signing a five-year, $62.5 million contract with Dallas. Gallup tore his ACL net at the end of the season, so it would be quite impressive if he is ready to leave at the start of the 2022 season. But this is the strategy Jerry Jones has adopted, and that is to ensure that he’ll do what he can to keep his own freelancers before jumping off the cliff behind those from other franchises.
The Cowboys haven’t signed with a longtime free agent since they were burned by Brandon Carr for $50 million over the past five years in 2012. Hailing from Kansas City, Carr is believed to be the “shutdown” corner that their boys used to be. missing since Deion Sanders. Not at that level of course, but a guy they could put on an island, and he’d be up against the top collectors across the league. Good, that didn’t happenand since then, it seems Jerry’s has been adept at attracting newcomers to these massive long-term deals.
So in large part due to his signing with Carr, Jones has gone the opposite direction in recent years and really just seems to be throwing a lot of money at his soon-to-be agents. Whether we feel they deserve it or not, it’s Jerry’s MO. Despite that, it feels like Jones often finds a way to get free agency. It’s almost inevitable at this point.
Jones and the Cowboys were somehow entrenched in a two-year battle with Dak Prescott over a new contract. Because of this, Prescott now has an average salary of $40 million per year. A whopping $75 million was paid in the first year. Jones decided to give Ezekiel Elliot a big payday in 2019 before renewing Prescott. Six years and $90 million for a faltering comeback is a hard pill to swallow. But for whatever reason, Jerry just needs to have Zeke around even though he’s not even the best on the team anymore.
Just last week, Jones traded for Amari Cooper (which I have no problem with) to free up limited space, then immediately go back to re-sign a wide receiver that might not be ready to play in Week 1. That’s some good Jerry Jones logic for you there. Sure, you’ll still save some money on the Gallup deal, but he won’t be ready to play for months. This means there are no OTAs or training camps for Gallup.
I’m not saying Jones didn’t attack some freelancers; it’s only been a while. Aldon Smith looked like he was going to be great for the Cowboys at the start of the 2020 season, but a lack of football for nearly 5 years finally caught up with him and was ultimately deemed a failure to sign a contract. . Terrell Owens played great in Big D until he wasn’t and played a key role in Bill Parcells’ departure from the Cowboys. Names like Sanders, La’Roi Glover, and Leonard Davis are some of the signings we can consider that have been successful, but those names are so long ago they barely signed up anymore. Jones also Excited to sign Greg Hardy after Carolina allowed him to be re-contracted because he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend. That didn’t go too well, Dallas. Knowing this, no one should be surprised by the fact that scandal cheerleader and Jones’ accused of loving children.
So I guess it’s understandable why Jones has relied so much on drafts lately. If you can’t seem to sign the right free agents from other teams, then focus on fresh blood and homegrown talent. With the Rams going all out to win right now and swapping all of their first-round draft picks over the past couple of years, there will be more teams following this blueprint as it led them to win the Super Bowl. As bad as Jerry wanted to win another Lombardi trophy, I’m surprised Dallas didn’t do something similar. Jones says he’ll do anything to win, but that seems to include everything but taking the right moves when it comes to signing players. No matter how you look at it, none of Jones’ moves have helped the team get through the post-season split in more than 25 years.