Injury #4: Jerry trades the farm for Joey Galloway

by - February 19, 2009 - Posted in Injuries & Usurpations

Following Michael Irvin’s career-ending injury in 1999, Jerry badly wanted a complimentary receiver opposite Raghib Ismail for the 2000 season.  Despite firing head coach Chan Gaily after a 1999 campaign that ended with an 8-8 record and an embarrassing loss to the Vikings in the wild card round, Jerry mistakenly believed that his team still had a chance to compete while Troy Aikman was under center and was determined to make a splash to prove his point.  That splash would be Joey Galloway.

Receiver Joey Galloway spent the 1999 season in a contract dispute with the Seahawks, holding out the first 8 games of the season before finally being coerced into joining the team mid-season.  The attention brought to Galloway made Jerry’s mouth water, and it was only a matter of time before GM Jerry struck again.  In February 2000 Jerry agreed to trade both of the Cowboys’ first round picks in the 2000 and 2001 drafts for the maligned Galloway.  Needless to say, the Seahawks were happy to make the deal.

Galloway was a certified bust in Dallas.  He played in only one game during the 2000 season, tearing his ACL in the first game against the Eagles.  The following season Galloway finished only second on the team in receiving with a mere 699 yards and 3 touchdowns.  In his three healthy years with the team Galloway averaged only 750 yards receiving and three touchdowns – hardly the spectacular numbers one would expect from a supposed elite receiver worth two first round picks.  The Cowboys went 5-11 during the first three years of the Galloway experiment, and Dave Campo was fired.

Seattle used the first round picks from the Cowboys (#19 in 2000 and #9 in 2001) to draft running back Shaun Alexander and receiver Koren Robinson.  Alexander averaged 1,200 yards a year over 8 seasons with the Seahawks, leading the league in rushing and winning the league MVP in 2005 while guiding the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.  Robinson averaged 790 yards and 3 TDs a season for the Seahawks – numbers similar to Galloway’s.

Jerry Jone’s ego is famously large, and it came back to bite him in February 2000.  Jerry’s trade for Galloway crippled the team for years to come and again proved he’s better off in the owner’s box.

7 Responses to Injury #4: Jerry trades the farm for Joey Galloway


February 23rd, 2009 at 10:29 am


Did anyone read the story in the Sunday February 22 Fort Worth Star Telegram looking at 20 years earlier in February 1989 when Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys and immediately fired Tom Landry? Yeah, he wishes he had done it differently. Then pushed Tex Schramm out the door two months later? In the article, Jimmy Johnson is quoted as saying that Jerry Jones had to do it. Certainly Jimmy hasn't forgotten what Jerry Jones did to him five years later? 20 years later, nothing has changed. This isn't your oil business, Jerry. Oil consumers may forgive your business practices if they get what they want at a decent price. They may not even know about the internal affairs of your oil business. But this is the Dallas Cowboys! Everything that goes on within the organization is exposed and even though it's been 20 years and three Super Bowl wins later, people still don't forget the handling of Tom Landry. That man was larger than Texas! He could have run for mayor of any Texas town and win big. He could have run for governor as many times as he wanted and there would be no contest. People still haven't forgotten that. The mishandling of Jimmy Johnson didn't help either. You just can't run the Dallas Cowboys with the same business practices of the oil industry, Jerry. By the way, I've been wanting to ask you this question since the early 90's. Who runs your oil business now? I know it can't be you. You've been too busy over-running the Dallas Cowboys. Just curious.


February 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm


Does the Roy Williams trade = the Joey G Trade? I sure hope not but the end of the season didn't look that great for it. I wonder who the Lions will get out of it.


February 23rd, 2009 at 3:35 pm


Governor Landry… I like it.


February 23rd, 2009 at 4:24 pm


It appears eerily similar to me… Even as a Longhorn grad I cringed when I heard what Jerry gave up for Roy.


March 24th, 2009 at 11:23 pm


Not to mention, that Galloway rebounded and began to play better as soon as he left Dallas and went to Tampa. Tampa!!!


preferably, out of a cannon, into the sun.


March 25th, 2009 at 7:50 pm


And what were the repercussions for this insane trade? Nothing. A real GM would have been fired in a nanosecond.


March 26th, 2009 at 12:50 am


And what were the repercussions for this insane trade? Nothing. A real GM would have been fired in a nanosecond.