In 1966, at only 23 years old, Jones had come close to paying a total of $5.8 million dollars in exchange for the Chargers franchise. After talking to his father, Jones would walk away from the opportunity.
Even though the time for this has come and gone, I can’t help but think how different the Chargers would be if Jerry Jones had followed through and bought the team.
In terms of gambling on players, Jerry Jones is one of the more willing risk takers there are in the entire NFL. If he feels like you can help the team win, he’ll take a chance on you.
When star wide receiver Dez Bryant slid down the draft board because of his background and character questions, Jerry took him. When extremely troubled but talented defensive end Greg Hardy was looking for work and the Cowboys desperately needed pass-rush help, Jones signed him. When every team in the league passed on former LSU OL La’el Collins due to an ongoing murder investigation involving him and his former girlfriend, Jerry brought him in.
If you’ve been following the Chargers long enough, you’d know they prefer to stay as far away as possible from players with background or any kind of character questions. It’s just not in their nature to bring a guy like that into the locker room.
But, what if they did? Part of being successful is being willing to bet on yourself. Jerry has bet on himself a lot throughout the years by bringing in great players with some extra baggage. Seeing the success that Jones has had with the Cowboys and the lack thereof by the Chargers, maybe the team could benefit from a “Jerry-like” approach.
Spend that money
Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys for $140 million in 1989. No one had ever paid more than $100 million for a sports team before.
Jones was also paying about $100,000 per day as part of paying off the loan he used to buy the team.
Years later in 2009, Jones had one of the biggest stadiums in NFL history built. AT&T Stadium, also known as “Jerry World”, cost him about $1.4 billion dollars.
Jones is known for a lot of things, but one is for sure. He’s not scared to spend money to get what or who he wants for his team.
If Spanos & Company were open to spending more, do things still with the Chargers still play out the same way? Does Eric Weddle get his contract? Would the Chargers even be in LA right now? All are interesting questions that we’ll never have answered.
Obviously, all we can do is speculate about what would happen if Jones would have bought the team when he had the chance. When I look and see how the Cowboys have done things over the years, it doesn’t take long for me to see that certain things with this team would’ve never happened with Jerry in control.
What do you think? How would Jerry have changed the Chargers?