This originally started as a simple reply to Grizz's post - “Decisions loom for Cowboys in free agency” - that discussed Chris Canty and Kevin Burnett. But once I started ranting the size kept growing and I thought posting here would be more appropriate.
While I certainly don't begrudge any man getting his due reward financially in the open market, sometimes money is not the only valuable thing on offer. I've personally, and known many others who have too, stayed in slightly less paying jobs because the organisation, conditions and workmates were top notch and what could be gained financially would not have been more valuable than a place were it's actually enjoyable to work.
Now obviously if you get more money and an equally great place more power to you but the attitude of Canty and Burnett just seems to be “I want as much money as possible”. Canty is definitely overestimating his worth if he thinks he should get 50 million dollars and Burnett, an injury plagued part-time player, is dreaming if he thinks he's worth a big pay day.
I can't help but feel that these two guys are somewhat symbolic of the attitude of too many players on this team. They think they're better than they really are. Quick to celebrate, quick to showboat but disappear for weeks in between. Bradie James also fits this bill. While James is a better player than those two and had a fine season in 08 his complaining about missing the Pro Bowl just seems typical of this overestimating attitude. Yes Bradie you had a good year, yes Bradie your stats were good enough to make the Pro Bowl (thanks to some terrific scheming by our beleagued Head Coach that allowed you to come free and untouched for a solid handful of your eight sacks), oh and yes Bradie that was you getting burned by Todd Heap and absolutely bulldozed by the Ravens fullback as Le'Ron McClain ran over your prostrate corpse for an 80 yard touchdown at the final game in Texas Stadiums history. And yes Bradie, that was you whinging about not getting personal accolades while the team you claimed to be a leader on was having a locker room crisis and melting down and out of the playoffs.
We need a lot less of that type of attitude, if Canty and Burnett want to overestimate themselves out of Dallas I say good riddance and take your crap attitude with you. Replace Canty with Igor Olshansky at a cheaper price for the same production but a much better attitude. Olshansky; a tough, no-nonsense player who has a nasty demeanor on the field and a team first attitude in the locker room. A guy who's a self motivated hard worker, a guy who brings a real element of consistent strength and power on first and second downs to help our terrific but undersized Ratliff and somewhat inconsistent Spears (Olshansky is a weight room beast who apparently benches his own weight of 305 pounds 20 times and can do 465 pounds 6 times!).
I want more players who are like that and less players who think they're all that and more. I'm sorry my rant about Canty and Burnett turned into a mild ripping of James and a large promotion of Olshansky but sometimes opportunity and need meet right where you want them. We have a need for a new 3-4 Right Defensive End and for players with top intangibles. Igor Olshansky is the opportunity for both.