Once upon a time, the Cowboys knew when to go big. Make a bold move if it means a Super Bowl. And it paid off famously twice, first with Charles Haley, then Deion Sanders.
What happened to that Jerry Jones?
Because when it came time this week to go get Earl Thomas, a sure-fire Hall of Famer, he let the Ravens have the game's best centerfielder instead. How could this be? Frankly, I thought about calling the Highland Park cops and telling them to knock on Jerry's door. Maybe Stephen tied up his dad and left him in the basement. Maybe he's fallen and can't get up. Then I see pictures of the old man hawking Saturday's fight between Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia at JerryWorld. Nothing wrong with Jerry's hips or faculties. He can still smell money, anyway.
Of course, it's possible that we've got it all wrong. Wouldn't be the first time. Maybe Jerry doesn't really think the Cowboys are all that close to a Super Bowl. Maybe it explains why he's so determined to re-sign and extend his own.
Playing the long game, an iffy proposition for a guy who turns 77 this fall.