In a lengthy video profile of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to bookend the lengthy written profile of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the man in charge of America’s Team talks among other things about the lengths to which he’d go to achieve ultimate glory in America’s Game.
“You wouldn’t want to see the size of the check that I would write if it would for sure get the Dallas Cowboys a Super Bowl,” Jones says.
That attitude reconfirms the importance of a salary cap to the ongoing competitive balance of the league. If/when the spending ceiling ever went away, guys like Jones would try to buy a Super Bowl win. And then others would join in. And then teams that don’t make the same amount of money wouldn’t. And then the better players would end up with the teams spending like crazy to compete.
And then football would become baseball.
The NFL caught a glimpse of life without a salary cap in 2010, when the league reportedly told the teams to respect certain unwritten procedures that operates to cap the otherwise uncapped year. It’s no surprise that the two teams run by the men most driven to secure multiple titles — Dallas and Washington — were later smacked by the league office for treating the uncapped year as being actually uncapped.
It’s still unclear whether the unrestrained ability to buy players would result in a team that would achieve automatic success at the highest level of the sport. The NFL has no interest in testing that theory, however. Even if Jones would surely love to give it a try.