Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apparently recognizes what a bargain he has in nose tackle Jay Ratliff.
Ratliff, who has made three consecutive Pro Bowls and was All-Pro in 2009, will make $3.75 million in base salary this season and $4.8 million in 2012 in the last two years of his deal. By comparison, nickel cornerback Orlando Scandrick will receive $10 million in the next two years in guaranteed money.
Jones, during his speech at the Cowboys' annual Kickoff Luncheon to benefit Happy Hill Farm Academy, mentioned how everyone in the NFL is "riding high" after agreeing to a new 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement.
"I will make an exception," Jones said. "Jay Ratliff will tell you that, 'You've got a big issue, Jerry, with my salary. I need a little more money.' We all want more money."
Ratliff smiled, raised his hand and nodded his head in agreement.
-- Charean Williams