Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes he’d have a lot easier of a time getting back to the Super Bowl if he could go back to the pre-1994 NFL, when there were was no salary cap. But he admits that the parity we’ve seen as a result of the cap has been good for the growth of the league.
“When we did our labor agreement three years ago, I visited with all the other owners and frankly on my part it was an effort to do what I could do to keep everybody together, keep all the owners together,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan, per the Dallas Morning News. “But during my conversations, whether in front of whole group or individually, I would say, ‘Look, the Cowboys can take this hand any way you want to deal it. If you want to just completely not have a system, completely not even something as absurd and ludicrous as not having a draft, you want to play that game that way, then let’s just line up out here and go get the players and do what we have to do to go get them, the Cowboys can play that game.’”
Jones’ bravado likely comes from the fact that the Cowboys, even with their one playoff win since 1997, are annually the most valuable team in the league.
“I can tell you there are certain things that are positive about that for the Cowboys, but it’s not in the best interest and it isn’t in the best interest of our sport,” Jones said. “All you’ve got to do is look at where we are today and you look at the competition that’s out here. All you do is look at the standings in the NFL. I think there are three teams that have nine wins or more and everybody else is in there within a game up or down of each other to speak of. You’ve got two or three on the bottom as well. This thing is close. It’s highly competitive.”
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