There have been moments in the past when the Cowboys have overpaid in terms of trade compensation or lavish contracts to bring players onto their team, but they didn’t do that before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday that they had discussions about a deal for Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson, who would have bolstered a defense that’s outperformed expectations on the way to a 6-1 record this season. Jones said that any temptation to make a deal was tempered by how much they would have had to give up.
“You can’t just overpay for something even though you may want it and it may be tempting,” Jones said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We just didn’t feel like the value was there in terms of the trade for us. … As I’ve said all along, we always look for opportunities to get better, but we’re certainly not going to force the issue. At some point, if you will, [you could] really compromise our team in the future overpaying for something for the moment.”
Jones said he believes that the Cowboys have a good group of young players on defense that have played well this season and “who keep getting better.” The offseason may see them take a different approach when it comes to rounding out the unit, but the choice now was to keep both their defense and their options for the future intact.