Let me preface this by saying that this post isn't based in facts or anything I've read, but merely one man's opinion that scares the living daylights out of him.
We've heard it time and time again since the season ended. Whether it be the scribes over at dc.com spouting the company line, loyal Cowboys bloggers, or even from Jerry himself, we hear time and time again that the Cowboys are sitting out free agency for the most part this offseason. Sure, we'll dip in for a second tier FA, i.e. a cheap safety or a #2 QB. I mean, it makes sense that we wouldn't. We have a good, young core, one that's locked up (sans Ware) for quite a few years. We just made our big move during the season in acquiring the other Roy Williams. We're probably going to use a good part of the cap space we have left to lock up the best defensive player in the game to the biggest contract ever for a defensive player. And besides a good safety and some OL depth, we don't really have any glaring needs. Sounds like a sure contender to me.
But we all know Jerry can't help himself. You think Jerry is going to let those first two weeks of free agency go by without getting the Cowboys at least a little face time? Jerry knows something's broke, but he doesn't know quite what. So what will he do, the same thing he always tries to do, throw money at it. Besides all of this, there's still the biggest reason of all for Jerry to make a move. Jerryworld. Jerry is the showman of all showmen. He wants this thing to open with a bang. He wants it to be not just the talk of the league, but the talk of the sports world. All we had to do was win the Super Bowl this year, and everyone would come flocking to it. Only one problem, we finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. Now Jerry is left with a conundrum. There has to be some kind of buzz going into this new joint, and the only way Jerry will see to create it is with a big name FA coming in to get people excited. Think about it, it worked for the Jets. Sure, they didn't make the playoffs this year either, but with Favre coming in this year, they became something other than the other New York team. They had buzz all around them this year. They were the talk of the league, the "it" girl. You think Jerry didn't see that and take notice?
If frightens me to think so, but I can't help but think that Jerry is going to outsmart himself. He can't sleep at night unless the Boys take up 25% of every episode of Sportscenter, and he surely won't let Jerryworld be outdone by the new stadium in New York. At this point, we can only hope Jerry manages to maintain some degree of sanity.