Stephen Jones on not trading: You can’t just overpay for something

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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.

31 responses to “Stephen Jones on not trading: You can’t just overpay for something

  1. There was one other major consideration: salary cap. Dallas does not have the room to sign a premier player and keep him; until Romo retires at the end of the year.

    Question (which I do not know the answer): What happens to the balance of the $100MM guaranteed salary to a Romo or a Brady if they retire. Does it just go away or is it still applied to the salary cap?

    Can anyone answer that?

  2. There was one other major consideration: salary cap. Dallas does not have the room to sign a premier player and keep him; until Romo retires at the end of the year.

    Question (which I do not know the answer): What happens to the balance of the $100MM guaranteed salary to a Romo or a Brady if they retire. Does it just go away or is it still applied to the salary cap?

    Can anyone answer that?
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    Whatever portion of the $100m is guaranteed will hit their cap as dead money. Any non-guaranteed money vanishes with no cap hit. Also any previous guaranteed bonus money paid that was prorated over the life of the contract will accelerate and hit the cap immediately. So it all depends on how Romo’s contract is set up.

  3. Cowboys are mostly comprised of drafted players (45 players), udfas (Romo, C. Beasley, D. Baily, C. Jones, L. Whitehead) ,and very few free agents–mostly plucked selectively from practice squads (D. Irving, K. Moore) or vets on minimum salary (B. Mayowa, C. Thornton, R. Davis)–I love how this team has been built and will continue to grow through the draft and not depending on free agency. And what a job the crew did on the 2016 class, with 4, 21, 96, 30 already getting starter reps and 54 getting closer each day–this has potential to be a great class.

  4. AFC East guy but I have to give credit to the Cowboys for building there team the right way. Should be interesting to watch over next few years when they draft a few defensive guys.

  5. that’s a power scarf sj is wearing there.

    he told his loved ones he wanted a scarf for the fall /winter season, and he got a nice one it looks like.

    he looks like the helmetless, greyish-purple, darth vader in rotj.

  6. They probably had to lock Jerruh up in a room to keep them from giving away five first round picks for Richardson.

  7. The only problem with having a terrific offensive line is eventually, they all want to get paid.And it will take a bite on the salary cap.
    Travis Frederick’s salary is $692,000 in 2016. In 2017 it jumps to $14.2 mil.
    Tyron Smith’s salary jumps from $1 mil this year to $10 mil next year.
    And Zack Martin is easily one of the top guards in the league. He will have the largest contract of the bunch in 2018.

  8. lgw91s says:
    Nov 2, 2016 7:33 PM
    The only problem with having a terrific offensive line is eventually, they all want to get paid.And it will take a bite on the salary cap.
    Travis Frederick’s salary is $692,000 in 2016. In 2017 it jumps to $14.2 mil.
    Tyron Smith’s salary jumps from $1 mil this year to $10 mil next year.
    And Zack Martin is easily one of the top guards in the league. He will have the largest contract of the bunch in 2018.
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    They will get Romo off the books around the time those contracts matter and will still have Dak/Zeke on rookie deals. Sean Lee is the only guy on the defense making money bc Carrs contract will also have expired.

    Gonna be fun to watch this team grow

  9. chc4 says:
    Nov 2, 2016 6:20 PM
    There was one other major consideration: salary cap. Dallas does not have the room to sign a premier player and keep him; until Romo retires at the end of the year.

    Question (which I do not know the answer): What happens to the balance of the $100MM guaranteed salary to a Romo or a Brady if they retire. Does it just go away or is it still applied to the salary cap?

    Can anyone answer that?
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    If Romo retires his base salary is irrelevant and the prorated amount each year is what matters.

    10.7 million – 2017
    5.7 million – 2018
    3,2 million – 2019

    Guess I’m the only one who knows how to use google

  10. They actually have 4.1 million in cap room so they could have made the trade. They may have had to restructure someone’s contract to get it done but to say they are over the cap is wrong. Also Romo is more than halfway through that huge contract he signed so they don’t have 100 million on him. He still counts 20 million against the cap and I think he will hit the same number next year, but it’s ok if you have another qb at 400k that can play.

    My only thing is if you think Sheldon Richardson is a first round talent and a stud on the defense, why not go get him. If it cost a 1st round pick I would have pulled the trigger. Their first round pick this year looks like it might be 28 or higher so why not spend it now on a proven top first round talent?

  11. Too bad, we could of really used a him if were going to make a legit run in the playoffs. Our pass rush is terrible. Our one technique position is really the only position I feel comfortable with on that d line. D Law is back but he needs help on the opposite side. A pass rush would really change a team that is already looking strong.

  12. “Stephen Jones: You can’t just overpay for something.”

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    Is he adopted ?

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