Originally Posted by MicktheGreat
While I'm happy about the Pacman-for-4th aspect of the trade, I don't like the stipulations at all. Once Pacman's traded, he should be the responsibility of the Cowboys and NOT the Titans -- meaning that the Titans shouldn't have to pay a penalty if Pacman does something stupid again and gets suspended in Dallas (haven't we already paid enough?!). In my opinion, once a player is traded, they should become the sole responsibility of their new team (the Cowboys) -- NOT their former team (the Titans). The Cowboys aren't risking anything at all in this trade. If Pacman screws up, it's the Titans who will be paying next season in draft-picks. That sounds unreasonable to me...
I agree with everything said. If PacMan isn't reinstated, we'll have traded PacMan Jones & '09 4th RD pick for Dallas's '08 4th RD pick, essentiall making PacMan's value the difference between a '08 and '09 4th RD pick - or in the case that he gets reinstated and suspened again, his value is the difference of a '08 4th RD pick and a '09 5th RD pick. So basically, we could be coming out of this in the red if PacMan isn't reinstated or does something stupid while on Dallas's watch.
But, we have some insurance.
-First and foremost, Tennessee and Dallas have only agreed in principle; the trade hasn't been completed just yet and PacMan is still a Titans and Dallas has it's 4th RD'er. So I assume the Titans don't want the responsibility for a player that isn't their responsibility - that's why they call it a player's "rights" Jerruh! - and are trying to make a few alterations in that area.
-Secondly, this is PacMan's last chance. He'll get no guaranteed money in Dallas, and his contract and base salary will be change compared to his rookie deal in TN. He literally can't afford to screw up in Dallas, cause if he does, he has no money and no chance of coming back in the NFL. Thats motivation for PacMan to not allow us to get screwed.
-Thirdly, the Titans and Cowboys probably have a good idea about whether or not PacMan will be reinstated. I don't think Jerry Jones would have made this trade if he thought Goodell wasn't going to lift the suspension.
-And lastly, the Cowboys want PacMan to have an impact on the field during this season. They hope that his CB/PR capabilities can get them over the hump and into the Super Bowl. Jerry Jones would care less about losing a 6th RD pick/gaining a 4th RD pick in '09 if that means PacMan gives him another ring.
There's a chance that this deal can bring us little in return, but since the Cowboys want PacMan to help them ASAP, I believe they'll do their part as well.