Jerry Jones will see Nnamdi Asomugha twice a year when the Eagles play the Cowboys. But Jones says things got close enough in his pursuit of Asomugha that he thought he’d be seeing the star cornerback 16 times a year.
And Jones says Dallas is where Asomugha really wanted to play.
“We had known that he really wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “And that’s a fact. There, for about an hour, I thought he was going to be a Dallas Cowboy. You do that because you can do it and should do it, and take advantage of the opportunity.”
Jones says the Cowboys wanted Asomugha, too, and that they made a good offer to go after him — just not good enough to keep him from signing with the Eagles.
“We obviously wanted [Asomugha] or we wouldn’t have been in the $10 million and up range to get him,” Jones said.
If it’s true that Asomugha wanted to be a Cowboy, and that the Cowboys wanted Asomugha, it appears that the only thing keeping the deal from getting done is that Jones thought “the $10 million and up range” would get him, and Asomugha liked what the Eagles were offering better.
If Asomugha has two big games against the Cowboys this year, Jones may end up kicking himself for not going above and beyond the $10 million and up range to close the deal.