Jerry Jones Says He's Not Going to Make the Mistake of Overpaying Players Again

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is going to be very cautious in the team's impending contract negotiations with running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott. He's already made it clear that he doesn't feel a star running back is a necessity for a championship team, and now with Dak reportedly asking for $40 million per year, he wants to reiterate his strong stance in negotiations.

Jones says that his past mistakes have taught him not to overpay players because it does damage to your roster as a whole.

In typical Jerry Jones fashion, he used an outlandish analogy to explain the situation.

"Picture if you were a driver of a car and you had a wreck and your hand was almost severed off. But you didn't understand your anatomy. You look down, you're spurtin' blood. You open the door and run into the woods, and either die bleeding to death or shock. The educated man looks down, knows his anatomy, squeezes and knows his best chance is to wait for help. That's because he's been there a lot and done that. So I'm squeezin' and waitin' for help," Jones said.

This incredibly bizarre analogy is meant to indicate that the owner has learned from his mistakes of overpaying in the past, which rendered the team unable to sign its own star players like Demarcus Ware.

Admittedly, Jones is in a very precarious negotiating position. Prescott plays the most important position in sports, and he's just good enough that it may be unwise to let him walk in a year's time. On the other hand, Elliott is the team's most talented playmaker, and he's reportedly willing to sit out the season if he's not given a new contract.

Jones is going to have to stop "squeezing" and spend his money eventually, but it's certainly an unenviable task.