You can’t always get what you want, even if you are a Texas billionaire. Perhaps Jerry Jones wasn’t paying attention when Al Davis made Nnamdi Asomugha the highest paid cornerback in league history two years ago.
Jones thought for sure he was going to be able to rope in Aso with a salary of $10-million a year. Then along came the Philadelphia Eagles with a 5-year deal worth $60-million.
“we obviously wanted (Asomugha) or we wouldn’t have been in the $10 million and up range to get him.”
Davis might have priced himself out the Nnamdi sweepstakes but even he knew there was going to be another team willing to give Asomugha a comparable contract to what Davis delivered.
Jones went as far as to say he knew Asomugha wanted to be a Cowboy.
“We had known that he really wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy. And that’s a fact. There, for about an hour, I thought he was going to be a Dallas Cowboy.”
How ironic that Jones, of all owners, didn’t understand that elementary rule of business – money talks.
Al Davis had withdrawn from the Asomugha market the second his contract was voided. That alone should have given Jones an indication of what it would take to get a star on the said of Nnamdi’s helmet.
Looks like Jones underestimated Nnamdi’s value. Either that or he just picked a bad time to get frugal. Either way both Jones and Davis shared a similar problem in creating enough cap space to pursue free agents. In fact the Raiders and Cowboys were among the most inactive of teams during the free agent frenzy.