Injury #4: Jerry trades the farm for Joey Galloway
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.