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Jerry Jokes About Ratliff's Contract



    Jerry Jones was discussing the benefits of the new collective bargaining agreement at the Cowboys’ annual Kickoff Luncheon on Wednesday when he paused, and made what started as a joke about Jay Ratliff’s decidedly modest contract, but which may become the catalyst for renegotiation.

    "Jay Ratliff will tell you, ‘You’ve got a big issue, Jerry, with my salary. I need a little more money,’” Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. “We all want more money."

    We can say this, at least: it's not often you hear an owner admit, particularly in front of more than 2,000 people, that a player is underpaid.

    Ratliff signed a five-year, $20.5 million deal after becoming the starter back in 2007. He has since earned three Pro Bowl appearances, and a First Team All-Pro nod back in 2009. In reaction to Jones’ try at contract humor, Ratliff’s agent Mark Slough hinted that some discussion over a new or reworked deal could be forthcoming.

    “I would not characterize our position as unhappy, but I would agree with the characterization that he’s outperformed the contract,” Slough said. “We’ll let all the other discussions happen behind closed doors. Jay wants to be a Cowboy for life.”

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