DENVER - AUGUST 16: Tackle Pat McQuistan #77 of the Dallas Cowboys tries to hold off the rush of Nic Clemons #93 and Paul Carrington #95 of the Denver Broncos during preseason NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on August 16, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 23-13. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
When the Dallas Cowboys traded offensive lineman Pat McQuistan to the Miami Dolphins at the end of training camp last year, they did so with the belief that, eventually, they’d receive something in return for the highly-priced reserve.
But as it turns out, in the latest shot to the Cowboys’ collective ego, they won’t.
Per the conditions of the trade, per Gerry Fraley at the Dallas Morning News, Dallas would receive the Dolphins sixth round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, in exchange for their own--but only if the Cowboys finished the 2010 season with a worse record than the Cowboys.
This was likely an afterthought for Dallas; that the team was a contender for the Super Bowl, let’s remember, was a widely accepted notion back in August. But of course, instead of contending for the Super Bowl, Dallas contended for their worst season in the 50-year history of the franchise, finishing 6-10.
Miami finished 7-9, meaning that they acquired McQuistan for not so much as a varnished penny.
To recap the trade: Miami receives: OL Pat McQuistan. Dallas receives: Nothing.
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