The Dallas Cowboys front office has gone on record quite a bit in recent days but we should do our best to take their words with a grain of salt…
We’ve finally reached the point where we can largely trust the front office to make good personnel decisions. Whether it’s free agency or the draft, the Dallas Cowboys personnel department is enjoying a staggeringly good success rate. Just last week Dink Kearney specifically named Will McClay as the reason such success.
But the same trust shouldn’t extend to the rest of the front office. And for obvious reasons too. If guys like Jerry and Stephen Jones were to be 100 percent truthful of their intentions, it could prove disastrous.
Jerry and Stephen Jones have a narrative to write. They provide the spin to the media, fans, and most of all – the players. What they say publicly has consequences. If they say they plan to give Ezekiel Elliott “the DeMarco Murray treatment” and run him into the ground the next two season, only to let him walk in 2021, how do you think Zeke responds?
take the Dallas Cowboys words with a grain of salt. They are saying what they need to say. Pay attention to what their actions are saying…
If they were to say they have no intention of actually re-signing Byron Jones and just plan on letting him ride out his rookie deal, what kind of attitude do you think Byron would have heading into training camp?
What if they said they are only going through the motions of extending Dak Prescott. And that they actually want to franchise tag him for a year or two once his rookie deal expires? Think that would have a negative effect on the team?
The reality is, we can’t fully trust what these guys are saying because they are saying what they need to say, not what they necessarily believe to be true.
Look at what’s been happening in Pittsburgh. They made it clear they didn’t really want to give a multi-year deal to Le’Veon Bell. They just wanted to rent him with the franchise tag. Bell was so upset he preferred to forgo his franchise tag salary by sitting out the season in protest, AND he willingly accepted a lesser deal from an outside team this offseason, just because of his ill-will towards the Pittsburgh front office.
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Antonio Brown had a similar falling out once he discovered the front office was no longer acting in good faith. His tantrum ushered him elsewhere as well. It’s like having a boy/girl friend who bluntly states they have no intention of staying together after college. It sours the relationship even if a post-college relationship always seemed like a long-shot anyways.
These players know it’s a business, but it’s also their life. If a team indicates the player is not part of the franchise’s long-term future, bad things often ensue.
Just because the Dallas Cowboys’ powers-that-be say something about the club’s interest in re-signing a player, doesn’t mean it’s sincere. Their words can’t be trusted because it would be disastrous if they were always truthful.
Going forward, take the Dallas Cowboys words with a grain of salt. They are saying what they need to say. Pay attention to what their actions are saying…
- Published on 05/07/2019 at 11:01 AM
- Last updated at 05/07/2019 at 10:53 AM