The Dallas Cowboys are now 5-10 after a loss to the previously 4-10 Arizona Cardinals. Some fans, like myself, are disappointed that the Cowboys managed to come back from a 21-3 deficit to lead 26-24 and managed to lose by one.
But other fans are okay with the it. Since the season is a loss already, this group of Cowboys fandom wanted Dallas to lose this game and the season finale against the Eagles next week. Why? So we could have a better spot in the 2011 NFL Draft. Are you kidding me?
No one should WANT to have a higher spot in the draft. Why? Because that means two things. One: Your team had a very bad season, like the one the Cowboys are in the middle of. Your team probably had 5 or less victories and are going to have one of the top ten picks in the draft.
That’s where number two comes in. By having one of these top ten picks, your team is going to have to pay an outrageous amount of money to a player that has never taken a snap in the NFL and has done nothing to prove being paid what they’re demanding.
Sam Bradford, this years first pick by the Rams, signed a six-year, $78 million deal, which had $50 million of guarantees in it. All of that to an unproven QB who was coming off a college career ending shoulder injury at Oklahoma. That pick has paid off for the Rams, who despite playing in a horrible NFC West, are a few games away from playing in the playoffs after going 1-15 last season.
But those picks don’t always work out. The Raiders gave JaMarcus Russell a $68 million, six year contract after he held out till the first week of the 2007 season. What did he do for the Raiders?
Having to pay a rookie that much would not be very beneficial to the Cowboys, especially when they have many veterans and 2009 standout Miles Austin with similar contracts.
Cowboys fans should not be cheering for the team to lose. A high draft pick is not a guaranteed windfall for us. It also demeans what it means to be a fan when you “cheer for the draft pick”.
Besides, do you really want to see the Cowboys go 5-11 again? I know I don’t. I had enough of that when Campo was coach.