Jerry Jones and staff have made some bad personnel moves. I think we could all accept that statement as fact. However, it might be more difficult to come to an agreement about players to whom the Cowboys have paid too much money.
A writer for Bleacher Report has a couple of ideas. Amber Lee has compiled a list of the 50 Worst Players Who Made the Most Money, and two Cowboys made the list.
First, there’s kicker Mike Vanderjagt, who was ranked 49th.
Leave it to the Dallas Cowboys to overpay for the original “idiot kicker.” Seriously, this dude put the “Jag” in “Vanderjagt.”
When the Cowboys signed Mike Vanderjagt, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, in early 2006, they assumed their woes in the kicking game were behind them–they were wrong.
Over the first three months of the season, Vanderjagt’s kicking percentage was just 72 percent—the lowest of his nine-year career. He was released before the end of the season on November 27, 2006.
The average salary of a kicker in the NFL is approximately $850,000; Vanderjagt was signed to a three-year deal worth $5.4 million. Despite being cut less than a season into his contract, Vanderjagt walked out of Dallas with almost $4 million.
Second, there is receiver Roy Williams, who was ranked 6th.
Roy Williams is one of the most overrated, under-producing wide receivers in NFL history. After a promising start to his career in Detroit, Williams was traded to the Cowboys for a first, third and sixth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
After his arrival in Big D, Williams agreed to a six-year, $54 million contract, with $26 million guaranteed.
Williams called his experience in Dallas “a nightmare,” and the feeling was mutual—he was released in July 2011. That’s right, in the world of Roy Williams, raking in $26 million dollar as a useless fourth receiver is a “nightmare.”
Williams went on to disappoint in Chicago. Wonder who will overpay Williams to consume oxygen in 2012…
Fair enough, but there is another player who belongs on this list. No, it’s not T.O.
You might recall that Dallas not only wasted two first-round picks on Joey Galloway in 2000, but the team also signed him to a seven-year, $42 million contract. That came at a time when the Cowboys were in salary-cap hell. He played in 48 games with Dallas and had a total of 2,341 receiving yards.
Are there others?
- Dallas Cowboy Morris Claiborne: Pick Six (bloggingtheboys.com)
- Dallas Cowboys draft LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne in the first round (examiner.com)
- Dallas Cowboys Draft CB Morris Claiborne with the #6 Pick (knowyourdallascowboys.com)
- How Each Draft Pick Fits into Dallas Cowboys’ Plan in 2012 (bleacherreport.com)